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The SC notifies the Centre of a plea seeking action against forced religious conversions

Supreme Court on Friday asked the Centre and others to respond to a plea for stringent steps to stop fraudulent religious conversion through “intimidation” and through “gifts and monetary benefits

The Union of India, Ministry of Home Affairs, and Ministry of Law and Justice got notices from the bench of Justices M R Shah and Krishna Murari.

November 14 is the deadline for the parties to reply.

During the hearing, advocate Ashwini Kumar Upadhyay sought guidance to the Centre and states about controlling fraudulent religious conversion by “intimidation, threatening, and deceivingly luring through gifts and money”.

This is a national problem that needs to be addressed right away, Upadhyay said.

The plea said that there was not even one district that wasn’t converted by ‘hook and crook’.

“It’s happening every week all over the country where people are being converted by intimidating, threatening, deceivingly luring with gifts and money, and by using black magic, superstition, miracles, but the state and the center haven’t done anything to stop it,” said advocate Ashwani Kumar Dubey.

A report and bill on controlling religious conversion through intimidation and monetary rewards should also be drafted by the Law Commission of India.

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