Jharkhand Religious Independence Bill, 2017

  • The Jharkhand Cabinet gave its approval to the Jharkhand Religious Independence Bill, 2017.

  • According to an official release here, Section 3 of the Bill prohibits forceful conversion. In the event of violation of the Section, there will be up to three years imprisonment or Rs. 50,000 penalty or both.

  • If the crime involved a minor, a woman or a person from the SC/ST community, the prison term would be up to four years and a penalty of Rs. 1 lakh, the release said.

  • The law already exists in MP, Chhattisgarh, Odisha, Gujarat, Maharashtra and Himachal Pradesh.

Source:TH & TOI

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