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Christians in India unable to share their faith as another anti-conversion law passed

by Sophie Drew

Another state in India has passed an anti-conversion law, meaning many will be unable to choose, or share, their faith. 

The new legislation means many Christians won't be able to share their faith with non-Christians, and those wishing to convert from Hinduism will not be able to. 

Harayana is the 10th state in India to pass such a law; a similar Bill is currently seeking final approval in Karnataka.

Haryana's chief minister, Manohar Lal Khattar, said the law was intended to instil fear in the minds of perpetrators.

As more states pass similar laws, violent attacks against Christians are on the rise. 

In 2021, there were 486 instances of violence and harassment against Christians - a rise of 74 per cent, according to a report by the United Christian Forum.

As a result, churches in the region are shutting down. 

Paul Robinson, CEO of Release International - a Christian organisation focused on persecution - said: "On the face of it, the wording of the Bill may appear reasonable: it seeks to 'prohibit religious conversions' through misrepresentation, force, undue influence, coercion, allurement or by any fraudulent means, or by marriage.
 
"But in practice anyone preaching heaven or hell could run foul of the law,' adds Paul Robinson, 'and the performing of any kind of charitable work or the giving of relief aid could be interpreted as allurement."

Release International is calling on India to protect the rights and religious freedoms its citizens. 
 

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