The Karnataka Assembly passed Anti Conversion Bill which is originally titled as ‘Protection of Right to Freedom of Religious bill, 2021’. The BJP under CM Basavaraj Bommai affirmed about the bill which faced lot of verbal tussle with Christian groups.
CM Basavraj Bommai said the legislation had been incepted by the INC with Siddaramaiah honoring as Chief Minister. The ruling BJP government also placed documents to support their claims before the house.
During the debate on the bill, the Congress of Opposition seems to be backtracking with the government led by Basavaraj Bommai claiming that the law was introduced by the old party with Siddaramaiah. The ruling camp also placed papers in support of its claim before the House.
When Siddaramaiah, the leader of the opposition in the Legislature, initially denied the allegations, he later went to the Speaker’s office, after which he admitted that the CM had only asked for a proposed bill to be tabled in court. Cabinet and that no decision was taken equally.
Citing the fact that Congress strongly opposes the bill in the current context of “opposition“, “people”, “anti-constitutional”, “poor” and “violent”, the Congress leader said the bill should not be passed. for any reason and should be withdrawn by the government.
Earlier in the day, submitting the bill for consideration, Interior Minister Araga Jnanendra said the law was not against any religion and that eight states had passed and implemented the law and Karnataka would be the ninth.
Noting that religious change has become commonplace and citing the example of Hosadurga MP Goolihatti Shekhar, who says her mother has converted to Christianity, the minister said the issue of conversion had created social unrest, especially in rural areas, and recent suicide incidents in Udupi and Mangaluru.
The Bill provides for the protection of the right to freedom of religion and the prohibition of illegal conversion from one religion to another by distorting facts, powers, improper influence, coercion, seduction or any other form of fraud.