Ghulam Nabi Azad, a prominent Congressman and former chief minister of the erstwhile state of Jammu and Kashmir, said on Saturday that if somebody is converting people, he is not doing so with a sword, and that it is the good work and character of individuals that leads others to convert.
“If somebody is converting people, he isn’t doing so with a sword in his hand. Individuals’ good work and character are what persuade others to convert. People become converts when they perceive a religion that is compassionate and nondiscriminatory “Mr Azad made the remarks while speaking at an event in Udhampur on Saturday.
His declaration comes after the Karnataka Opposition claimed that the state’s anti-conversion measure is being pushed to “target a certain religion.” During the state’s winter session, there was a lot of opposition to the law.
“No one shall convert or attempt to convert any other person, directly or indirectly, from one faith to another by misrepresentation, force, undue influence, coercion, allurement, or any fraudulent methods, or by marriage, nor shall any person abet or collaborate for conversions,” the Bill declares.
Previously, Chief Minister Basavaraj Bommai stated that the planned Anti-Conversion Law, which the state administration plans to submit in the winter session of the Assembly, is only intended to prevent religious conversions through inducements. “The proposed law will have no impact on any faith, their practises, or traditions that are protected by the Constitution,” Bommai stated.
Gujarat Vidhan Sabha passed the ‘Gujarat Freedom of Religion Act, 2021’ with a majority vote earlier this year, making forced religious conversions through marriage more punishable.
After Uttar Pradesh and Madhya Pradesh, Gujarat became the third state to pass legislation prohibiting forced religious conversions.
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