India now has seven states with a law against religious conversions after the governor of Jharkhand state signed into effect a controversial bill the state legislature passed last month.
Governor Draudpadi Murmu on Sept. 5 marked her endorsement regardless of challenges from Christian groups and oppposition parties, who said that such a law was unnecessary and targets Christian preachers.
The controversial Jharkhand Freedom of Religion Act 2017 criminalizes religious change starting with one religion then onto the next by utilization of power or allurement or by fake means. It likewise stipulates that those needing to change over should look for government authorization. Violators confront imprison terms and fines.
Each of the seven Catholic priests in the state, drove via Cardinal Telesphore Toppo of Ranchi, had met Murmu Aug. 22 asking her to dismiss the bill.
Catholic pioneers, for example, Prabhaakr Tirkey said the state government keeps running by the professional Hindu Bharatiya Janata Party pushed for the law to furnish hard-line Hindus with an apparatus to conflict with Christian ministers as they work to make India a Hindu-just state.
He said Hindu patriots misjudge Christian minister administrations of human services and instruction as allurement and deceitful means for changes as they blame preachers for changing over neighborhood individuals to Christianity.
Such laws as of now exist in six different states — Madhya Pradesh, Chhattsigarh, Gujarat, Odisha, Himachal Pradesh and Arunachal Pradesh