Rajasthan Considers Anti-Conversion Bill

March 18, 2005

Source: The Christian Post


On March 18, 2005 The Christian Post reported, "The Northwestern Indian state of Rajasthan wants to adopt an anti-conversion law over the objections of the local Christian community, Asian news agencies reported Wednesday. On Mar. 24, the state legislature is scheduled to vote on the bill, which might bring its weight to bear upon an increasing anti-Christian trend.

Tabled by the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), the Hindu nationalist party that has been accused of being hostile to religious minoritiesthe bill would curtail missionaries' attempts to convert people, according to Rajasthan Home Minister Gulab Chand Kataria.

[We] cannot allow conversions to take place in our state, Kataria told the state assembly, as reported by AsiaNews.

According to the Italy-based news agency, Rajasthan Christian Churches have strongly condemned the bill, which some believe would give Christians and other religious minorities a feeling of insecurity and fear."