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Himachal Pradesh passes bill against forced conversion

Date: 01 September 2019 Tags: Bills & Laws
  • The Himachal Pradesh Assembly passed a bill called ‘the Himachal Pradesh freedom of religion Bill 2019’ against conversion in the state.
  • The new Bill proposes stringent punishments which can be up to seven years in jail compared to the three years under the existing law.
  • The Bill prohibits conversion by misrepresentation, force, undue influence, coercion, inducement, marriage or any fraudulent means. Any marriage for the sole purpose of conversion will also be declared null and void under Section 5 of the Bill.