Karnataka Congress President and prominent Congressmen DK Shivakumar tore up a copy of the Anti-Conversion Bill, which was tabled in Karnataka State legislature.
Home Minister Araga Jnanendra introduced the bill in the assembly after which the Speaker said he had allowed the government to introduce the bill following a process and would be discussed on Wednesday. Shortly afterwards, Congress withdrew from State Legislature in protest.
On Monday, the Cabinet led by Basavaraj Bommai approved the introduction of the controversial bill in the ongoing winter legislature.
Bommai said religious change was a silent attack and danger should not be allowed to grow in society.
The concerned bill is titled as ‘Karnataka Protection of Right to Freedom of Religion Bill 2021’ is widely known as the anti-conversion bill and has been the subject of much criticism of the BJP government in the province and the CM since its inception. proposed during the September session of the national legislature in Bengaluru.
The bill comes in the wake of a series of attacks on members of the Christian community in various parts of the state, accused of their involvement in proselytizing, which led to protests against the bill which church members called an attempt to “mislead” attention. to the shame of government corruption and to “destroy” peace and harmony.
Therefore, the proposed bill is meant to overcome the trickery and persecution from the society. The provisions of this bill clearly indicates towards the punishing the anti-social elements who are involved in persecution and forceful conversion of innocents. The bigotry and fanaticism needs to be eradicated from the society and this bill is just an step towards this idea.