The issue of forced conversion in the country has also been considered serious by the country’s highest court ‘The Supreme Court’. The Supreme Court has expressed concern over the cases of forced conversion. The Supreme Court, while hearing a petition related to forced conversion, said that it is a serious issue which affects the nation’s security and religious freedom. The Supreme Court said that necessary steps should be taken immediately to stop the forced conversions.
Affidavit to be filed by Central Govt
The Supreme Court said the central government will have to clarify its stand on the issue of forced conversion. The Supreme Court also warned that a “very difficult situation” would arise if forced conversions were not stopped. In this regard, the Supreme Court says that forced conversion is a very serious issue and as far as religion is concerned, it can affect the freedom of conscience of the citizens as well as the security of the nation.
The Supreme Court was hearing a petition filed by advocate Ashwini Kumar Upadhyay. The petition had sought a direction to the Center and the states to take strict measures to check fraudulent conversions by giving “threats, lures of gifts and money”.
The Supreme Court said the central government should clarify its stand on this issue. Also asked to file an affidavit on the petition for strict steps to check the cases of religious conversion on the basis of fraud and deceit. The Supreme Court said that the next hearing of this case will now take place on November 28.
Very difficult situation if forced conversion is not stopped
A bench of Justice MR Shah and Justice Hima Kohli asked Advocate General Tushar Mehta to suggest measures to prevent such cases where conversion is done through means like inducement. The bench said that this is a very serious matter. The central government should make serious efforts to stop forced conversions. The Supreme Court said you tell us what action you propose.
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