Jaipur, 7 April (AKI/Asian Age) - Rajasthan, India's largest state, ruled by the Hindu Nationalist Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), enacted a law on Friday to stop religious conversions by means of allurement, greed or pressure. The state Assembly (parliament) passed the Religious Freedom Bill amid protests by the oppposition Congress party. Minority communities and human rights groups have also opposed the law.
The Assembly passed an amended version of the law with cosmetic changes. The new law contains stringent provisions and, under the law, anyone found engaging in conversion activities by means prohibited by the new law will be liable to be jailed for between two and five years. The act also has a provision to impose a fine of up to 1,124 dollars. It will be a non-bailable offence.