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SC’s views on religious conversions

  • IASbaba
  • April 12, 2021
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SC’s views on religious conversions

Part of: GS Prelims and GS – II – Fundamental Rights

In news

  • The SC said that people are free to choose their religion and it lashed out at a petition claiming there is mass religious conversion happening “by hook or by crook” across the country.

Key takeaways 

  • It said that people have a right under the Constitution to profess, practise and propagate religion.
  • Article 25: It grants Fundamental right to freely profess, practise and propagate religion, subject to public order, morality and health.
  • Every person is the final judge of his/her choice of religion or who their life partner should be.
  • Courts cannot sit in judgment of a person’s choice of religion or life partner.
  • Religious faith is a part of the fundamental right to privacy. 
  • The Constitution Bench judgment had earlier upheld inviolability of the right to privacy, equating it with the rights to life, of dignity and liberty.

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