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Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi (CNS/Amit Dave, Reuters)

A United Kingdom-based Christian advocacy group has urged India to repeal the sweeping anti-conversion laws enacted by about a dozen states after the national polls. Source: UCA News.

Release International, which supports persecuted Churches worldwide, said: “We have seen a dramatic rise in intolerance towards Christians since the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) first came to power in 2014.”

Eleven Indian states, most of them ruled by the BJP of Prime Minister Narendra Modi, have in place anti-conversion laws. Polls to the Indian Parliament’s lower house (Lok Sabha) are being conducted in seven phases, starting on Friday. The results will be declared on June 4.

Paul Robinson, chief executive officer of Release International, urged India to act immediately to halt the spread of intolerance and repeal anti-conversion laws after the polls.

The anti-conversion laws prohibit change of religion or any attempt to convert from one religion to another through misrepresentation, use of threat or force, fraud, undue influence, coercion, allurement, or marriage. 

These laws fly in the face of India’s constitution, which guarantees freedom of religion, Mr Robinson noted on April 15.

“These laws prevent Christians from sharing their faith with others,” he said.


India told to scrap anti-conversion laws after polls (UCA News)