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Notice to Centre over PIL on religious conversions by threat, inducements

Notice to Centre over PIL on religious conversions by threat, inducements

The Supreme Court (SC) on Friday issued notice to the Centre on a PIL seeking direction to take measures to control fraudulent religious conversion by threat and inducements. - File photo

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New Delhi, September 23

The Supreme Court (SC) on Friday issued notice to the Centre on a PIL seeking direction to take measures to control fraudulent religious conversion by threat and inducements.

A Bench led by Justice MR Shah asked the Ministry of Home Affairs and Ministry of Law and Justice to respond to the petition filed by advocate Ashwini Kumar Upadhyay by November 14.

Terming fraudulent religious conversions a nationwide problem which needs to be tackled immediately, Upadhyay, a Delhi BJP leader, has sought directions to the Centre and states to take stringent steps to control fraudulent religious conversion by “intimidation, threatening, deceivingly luring through gifts and monetary benefits”.

He said, “The injury caused to the citizens is extremely deep because there is not even one district which is free of religious conversion by hook and crook,” the plea submitted. “Incidents are reported every week throughout the country where conversion is done by intimidating, threatening, deceivingly luring through gifts and monetary benefits and also by using black magic, superstition, miracles but the Centre and states have not taken stringent steps to stop this menace,” the petitioner submitted. — TNS

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