People convert when they see other religion serving humanity, not by fear of sword: Ghulam Nabi Azad

People convert when they see other religion serving humanity, not by fear of sword: Ghulam Nabi Azad

Ghulam Nabi Azad

Updated Dec 26, 2021 | 09:20 IST

This year, Gujarat had become the third state after Uttar Pradesh and Madhya Pradesh to make a law against forced religious conversions.


Srinagar: 
Senior Congress leader Ghulam Nabi Azad on Saturday said that people convert after seeing other religion serve humanity and not due to the fear of sword.

He further asserted that it is the good work and character of individuals which influences others to convert.

While speaking at an event in Udhampur, Ghulam Nabi Azad said, “If anyone is converting people, he is not using a sword. It is good work and character of individuals which influence others to convert. People convert when they see a particular religion serving humanity and not discriminating.”

His statement comes after Opposition in Karnataka alleged that the anti-conversion bill is being proposed in the state to “target a particular religion.” The winter session in the state has witnessed strong opposition against the bill.

“No person shall convert or attempt to convert either directly or otherwise any other person from one religion to another by use of misrepresentation, force, undue influence, coercion, allurement or by any fraudulent means or by marriage, nor shall any person abet or conspire for conversions,” the Bill states.

Earlier, Chief Minister Basavaraj Bommai had said the proposed anti-conversion law that the state government intends to introduce in the winter session of Assembly is only to prevent religious conversions by inducements. “Proposed law will not affect any religion, their practices and traditions that are guaranteed under the Constitution,” Bommai had said.

Earlier in April this year, Gujarat Vidhan Sabha had passed the ‘Gujarat Freedom of Religion Act, 2021’ with a majority to bring more stringent punishment against forced religious conversions through marriage.

Gujarat had become the third state after Uttar Pradesh and Madhya Pradesh to make a law against forced religious conversions.

source : https://www.timesnownews.com/india/article/people-convert-when-they-see-other-religion-serving-humanity-not-by-fear-of-sword-ghulam-nabi-azad/843739



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