10 Yrs Jail for Illegal Conversion; Uttarakhand Passes Anti-Conversion Bill

Dehradun: Uttarakhand Assembly passed an anti-conversion bill on Wednesday making illegal religious conversion a non-bailable offence that can be punishable with a jail term of 10 years.

As per this stricter anti-conversion Bill, the minimum punishment is imprisonment of three years, which can be increased to a maximum of 10 years.

According to the Uttarakhand Freedom of Religion (Amendment) Act, 2022, apart from a prison term, any offender proven to be involved in unlawful conversion will also be liable to be imposed with a fine of at least Rs 50,000.

Minister for Religious Affairs of the state, Satpal Maharaj said, “…under articles 25, 26, 27 and 28 of the Constitution of India, under Right to Freedom of Religion, to equally strengthen the importance of every religion, the amendment in Uttarakhand Freedom of Religion Act, 2018 is necessary to remove certain difficulties in the Act.”

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