Monday, September 22, 2008

The hypocrisy of anti-conversion laws

Various states in India have enacted 'Freedom' of Religion Acts and Anti-Conversion Act providing or prohibition of conversion from one religious faith to any other by use of force or inducement or by fraudulent means and for matters connected therewith.


The definitions used in one such Act goes like this:

(b) "force" shall include a show of force or a threat of injury of any kind including threat of divine displeasure or social excommunication;

(c) “force” shall include misrepresentation or any other fraudulent contrivance.

(d) “inducement” shall include the offer of any gift or gratification, either in cash or in kind and shall also include the grant of any benefit, either pecuniary or otherwise; may make rules for the purpose of carrying out the provisions of this Act.


Now what I don't get is, why are people being forced to 'reconvert' at the point of swords and sickles and weapons? What do the laws and people behind the making of these laws have to say about this?

5 comments:

SandyCarlson said...

Bungi,
This law intrigues me, and your post tells me I am out of the loop of what's going on in your country and why. I need to know more. Can you send me a few links if it isn't too much trouble. Please help me out of my ignorance.

--xh-- said...

conversion, anti conversion, the blood sheds - all in name of God.

The agenda behind all this conversion-anti conversion is mostly political, and to instill fear in the mind of poor people so that the goons can rule them an any way they want...

Chriz said...

came here to comment.. but just figured that havent blogrolled in a year... being the first person to comment on my blog for my first ever post, it is high time that i returned the favor...

jen said...

divine displeasure? that sounds pretty serious.

ps. i'd love to see the short films you mentioned!

JollyRoger said...

When u r insecure u do crazy things, these happenings are the sign of people who are unsure of their faith..

Martyrdom has spurred the growth of Christians down the ages, but don't tell those idiots that!!