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Madhya Pradesh anti-conversion law 'a threat to democracy

August 05, 2013 - The secular democracy of India is in danger because of anti-conversion laws like that of Madhya Pradesh state. The Global Council of Indian Christians (GCIC) has asked State Governor Shri Ram Naresh Yadav, not to sign the amendment to the Madhya Pradesh 1986 Freedom of Religion Act, saying not ratifying it would be a sign of democracy. The government of Madhya Pradesh, on July 10, debated the amendment, which requires priests and pastors to inform authorities at least 30 days prior to the conversion ceremony, failing which fines and imprisonments will be imposed. According to GCIC president, Sajan George, "the government is attempting to impose such a draconian law to please the Hindu majority in the upcoming elections." Madhya Pradesh is led by the pro-Hindu Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), that supports extremist groups who perpetrate violence and persecution on ethnic, social and religious minorities throughout India. However, the GCIC president noted, "Our fore-fathers inscribed constitutional freedom of religion [in the Charter, and] to protect every citizen. If the governor signs this amendment, India's democracy will be in danger," he added. (Source: AsiaNews)


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