India News | Anti-conversion bill is a hate campaign that must be avoided at all costs: Bishop of Belagavi


Belagavi (Karnataka) [India], December 14 (ANI): The Bishop of Belagavi, Derek Fernandes, criticized the anti-conversion bill proposed by the government of Karnataka, calling it a campaign of hatred against Christians.

“I was saddened to read that one of the ministers claimed he was against Christians. I would say it is a hate campaign that must be avoided at all costs,” Fernandes told ANI . The bishop asked how the state government could impose restrictions on his freedom to profess and propagate his religion, which is enshrined in the constitution.

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Fernandes said the bill should define terms such as “conversion” and “attractiveness.”

The bishop hoped that the best sense would prevail in the state assembly and that if passed, the parliamentary process could ensure that it was resumed.

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Earlier, Chief Minister Basavaraj Bommai had said that the anti-conversion bill that the state government intended to introduce during the winter session of the Assembly was only intended to prevent religious conversions through incentives.

“The proposed law will not affect any religion, their practices and traditions which are constitutionally guaranteed,” Bommai said.

Earlier in April this year, Gujarat Vidhan Sabha passed the “Gujarat Religious Freedom Act, 2021” with a majority to impose tougher penalties against religious conversions forced by marriage.

Gujarat had become the third state after Uttar Pradesh and Madhya Pradesh to pass a law against forced religious conversions. (ANI)

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