SC’s views on religious conversions
Part of: GS Prelims and GS – II – Fundamental Rights
- 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.
- 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.