LIP in Delhi HC Seeks Instruction to Ban Forced Religious Conversion | Delhi News

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NEW DELHI: A Public interest litigation (PIL) has been moved Delhi High Court look for the appropriate direction to the Center and Delhi Government prohibit force religious conversion by intimidating, threatening and deceptively luring through gifts and monetary benefits and by using black magic and superstition.
The Petition argues that religious conversion by “carrot and stick” and by will or by force” violates not only Articles 14, 15, 21, 25, but also the principles of secularism, which is an integral part of the structure of basis of the Constitution.
The petitioner Ashwini Kumar Upadhyaypracticing lawyer and leader of BJP says Central and Delhi governments have failed to check the threat of black magic superstition and deceptive religious conversion despite it being their duty under the Section 51A and requests issuance of an instruction to the Center to determine the feasibility of appointing a committee to suggest the amendments to Chapter XV of the Indian Penal Code or to draft a Religion Conversion Act.
The plea stated that “the harm to the public is extremely significant as there is not even a single district that is free from black magic, superstition and religious conversion. Incidents of mass religious conversion are being reported daily as religious conversion continues by intimidating, threatening, deceiving through gifts and monetary benefits and using black magic, superstition, miracles.”
The petition argued that the Center and the State are empowered to make special arrangements for women and children (Article 15). In addition, freedom of conscience, free profession, practice and propagation of religion (Article 25) are subject to public order, morality, health and other provisions of Part III.
Further, the Guiding Principles are affirmative instructions for ensuring socio-economic political justice; Freedom of thought, expression, belief, faith and worship; Equality of status and opportunity and to promote brotherhood among them, ensuring the dignity of individuals, unity and integrity. But the Center and the state failed to take appropriate steps to secure the high ideals outlined in the preamble and Part III, the plea said.
Anti-conversion laws passed by many state legislatures seek to criminalize a wide range of speech by those who share their religious beliefs with others, whether or not they hope their listeners will convert. Praying for healing from illness or offering help in the form of food or water after a natural disaster could be an incentive or incentive to adopt the beliefs of the other religion, the plea reads.

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