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Karnataka Right to Freedom of Religion Bill, 2021

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  • December 24, 2021
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Karnataka Right to Freedom of Religion Bill, 2021

Part of: Prelims and GS-I- Society

Context The Karnataka legislative Assembly passed The Karnataka Right to Freedom of Religion Bill, 2021, commonly referred to as the anti-conversion Bill.

  • The Bill will now go to the Karnataka Legislative Council.

Key features of the bill

  • It prohibits conversion from one religion to another by misrepresentation, force, fraud, allurement or marriage.
  • It, however, provides an exemption in the case of a person who “reconverts to his immediate previous religion” as “the same shall not be deemed to be a conversion under this Act”.
  • Complaints regarding conversions can be filed by family members or any other person who is related to the individual who is getting converted.
  • A jail term of three to five years and a fine of Rs 25,000 has been proposed for those violating the law in the case of people from general categories.
  • A jail term of three to 10 years and a fine of Rs 50,000 has been mooted for those converting minors, women or persons from SC/ST communities.
  • The Bill also envisages payment of a compensation of Rs 5 lakh (on court orders) to victims of conversion by the persons attempting the conversion, and double punishment for repeat offences.

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