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India’s Karnataka State passed an anti-conversion bill


International Christian Concern (ICC) has reports that the Legislative Council of the State of Karnataka, India, recently passed an anti-conversion bill. The Legislative Assembly passed the bill last December, and it was recently moved to the upper house where it was approved.


“This action is another stark reminder of the extremist course that the BJP [Bharatiya Janata Party] continues to chart for the people of India,” said Matias Perttula, ICC’s Director of Advocacy. 

“The reality of these anti-conversion laws is that they continue to make life difficult for Christians and other religious minorities throughout India. We’ve seen a dramatic rise in persecution because of these laws as they only embolden fanatical Hindu nationalists to run with complete impunity against Christians. It seems that Prime Minister Modi and the BJP will stop at nothing to suppress the freedom of religion in India.”  

ICC conducted a survey last year to measure the rise of persecution incidents in the aftermath of the anti-conversion law passage in Madhya Pradesh where the increase was palpable.  


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