SC issues notice to Centre, others to curb ‘forced conversion’

New Delhi: The Supreme Court on Friday sought response from the Center and others on a plea seeking direction to take stringent measures to control fraudulent conversions through “threats” and “gifts and monetary gains”. A bench of Justice MR Shah and Justice Krishna Murari issued notices to the Union of India, the Ministry of Home […]
 


SC issues notice to Centre, others to curb ‘forced conversion’

New Delhi: The Supreme Court on Friday sought response from the Center and others on a plea seeking direction to take stringent measures to control fraudulent conversions through “threats” and “gifts and monetary gains”. A bench of Justice MR Shah and Justice Krishna Murari issued notices to the Union of India, the Ministry of Home Affairs and the Ministry of Law and Justice. The top court asked the parties to file their replies by November 14.

The top court was hearing a plea filed by advocate Ashwini Kumar Upadhyay, seeking a direction to the Center and states to take stringent measures to control fraudulent conversions “by cheating through threats, intimidation, gifts and monetary benefits”. was demanded. Upadhyay said that this is a nationwide problem which needs to be tackled immediately. “The injury caused to the citizens is huge as there is not a single district which is free from conversion by ‘hook and crook’,” the petition said.

 

“There are incidents every week across the country where conversions are done by intimidation, intimidation, by cheating in the greed of gifts and money and by using black magic, superstition, miracles, but the Center and the states have taken steps to stop this menace. Strict measures have not been taken for this.” The petition filed through advocate Ashwini Kumar Dubey said.

The petition has also sought a direction to the Law Commission of India to prepare a report as well as to prepare a bill to control conversion by intimidation and pecuniary gain.

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