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Bill against conversion by Force Passed by H.P

Published on August 31, 2019
Current context: Himachal Pradesh assembly has passed a bill against conversion by force on 30th August 2019.
Bill against conversion by Force Passed by H.P 
  • It includes inducement or through marriage for the sole purpose to convince the victim to adopt a new religion.
  • The new bill repealed the Himachal Pradesh Freedom of Religion Act,2006.
  • The new bill incurs stiffer punishments with a jail term is of 7 years as compared to the Freedom of Religion Act in which punishment was only 3 years.
  • Under its Section 5, any marriage for the sole purpose of conversion will be declared null and it also prohibits conversion by misrepresentation, fraudulent means, coercion, inducement or under influence.
  • As per the new bill, the person willing to convert his/her religion has to file a month’s notice in advance to the district magistrate.
  • Reconverting to the “Parent Religion” is exempted under this provision.


Q.1 Which state assembly has recently passed the bill against religion conversion by force?
a. Uttar Pradesh
b. Madhya Pradesh
c. Himachal Pradesh
d. Arunachal Pradesh
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