The Himachal Pradesh Government has updated an earlier anti-conversion law, increasing the quantum of punishment and adding new provisions, including one which was earlier struck down by the high court. In 2006, the Himachal Pradesh government led by Virbhadra Singh became the first Congress-ruled state to pass an anti-conversion law. The Himachal Pradesh Freedom of Religion Act was aimed at reported conversions done by Christian missionaries in the hill state. Soon there were reports that Christian organisations had complained about the law to the Congress High Command and later challenged the law in the High Court. Over 13 years on, the present state government under Jai Ram Thakur government has amended the law with the quantum of punishment raised from three to seven years. It has also broadened the scope of the law to deal with what Vishva Hindu Parishad (VHP) calls “love jihad”. Late August, the Bill was passed unanimously with the Congress backing it in the House. Among the eight new provisions added in the Himachal Pradesh Freedom of Religion Bill 2019 is one that covers marriage done with the sole purpose of conversion. “Any marriage done for the sole purpose of conversion by a person of one… Read full this story
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