BJP Chief writes to Benedict XVI on conversion

via HK published on May 23, 2006

NEW DELHI : BJP President Rajnath Singh has written a letter to Pope Benedict XVI on the issue of banning religious conversion. Mr. Singh said that Indian apex court had supported the constitutional validity of conversion-prohibiting laws.

Mr. Singh in his letter states that the Pope’s remarks over religious intolerance in India and banning of conversion is unconstitutional has pained people all over India.


India’s Supreme Court in a 1977 judgment in the Rev S Stanislaus versus state of Madhya Pradesh upheld the constitutional validity of conversion-prohibiting laws enacted by Madhya Pradesh and Orissa governments. The two states which were then controlled by the Congress had passed anti-conversion law in 1967 and 1968, he said.

In India Gujrat, Orissa, Madhya Pradesh, Chattisgarh and Arunachal Pradesh have anti-conversion laws.

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