Govt ready to ban forcible conversions

Arun Jaitley said the government was ready to impose a total ban on religious conversions.

By: Express News Service | New Delhi | Published: December 16, 2014 1:12 am

After throwing the gauntlet at the opposition arguing that it was in favour of anti-conversion laws in all states and at the Centre, the BJP government on Monday went a step further saying it was prepared to ban “forcible religious conversions” as well.

The Congress and several parties in the opposition had rejected the government’s suggestion for a ban on conversions saying voluntary conversions cannot be prohibited. Today, Finance Minister Arun Jaitley said the government was ready to impose a total ban on religious conversions or ban forcible conversions.

“There are two options. This must stop…We cannot allow these kinds of incidents to remain. Is the Opposition willing for a total ban on religious conversions or a ban on forcible religious conversions? Let them tell us the option. The government is ready for either of the two options,” he said.

His intervention came after the Opposition demanded a debate on religious conversions which would culminate in a reply by the Prime Minister.

“They are not ready for either of these two options,” Jaitley taunted. Responding, CPM’s Sitaram Yechury said the options have already been decided by the Constitution.

“The Constitution of India gives everybody the right to liberty; they can choose their religious profession or be an atheist. He said choose whether you want a ban on conversion or forcible conversion. That is decided by the Constitution. The issue is what are you doing today?” he said.

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  1. kris kumar
    Dec 16, 2014 at 4:29 am
    Have the Congressi and opposition who have been making noises in the parliament forgot that it was the forced conversions of Hindus that created Muslims and Christian in India? If any of them feel like to come back to Hinduism then why shout and scream? No one is forcing any one to change their faiths. Congressi need to look at why so much money has been used to convert Hindus to Christian? India media is very biased and any Hindu and it looks they are owned by foreigners who are ant Hindus. In UK or Europe people do convert into Hindu or Budhist faiths and there is no disruption in parliament like in India.