While hearing the petition related to forced conversion, the Supreme Court on Monday i.e. November 15 told the Central Government that this is a very serious matter.
Serious efforts should be made by the centre to stop the forced conversions otherwise a very difficult situation will emerge. Forced conversion very serious issue, it affects the security of the nation and freedom of religion.
The apex court said that there can be freedom of religion but there cannot be freedom of religion through forced conversion.
The Supreme Court has issued a notice to the Central Government on a demand to bring a law to prevent religious conversions by intimidation, allurement and resorting to black magic or superstition.
A bench headed by Justice MR Shah directed to file a reply by November 22. The next hearing of the case will be on November 28.
In the petition filed by BJP leader and ad vocate Ashwini Upadhyay, it has been said that forced conversions are done by intimidation, by giving greed and by resorting to black magic or superstition. Such incidents are common across the country.
It has been said in the petition that the weaker sections of the society, especially those belonging to the SC-ST community, are forced to convert to religion.
The petition states that forced conversion is not only violative of Articles 14, 21 and 25 of the Constitution but also against the basic spirit of the Constitution.
Governments have failed to take any concrete action against these threats. International law also provides that the state is obliged to protect its citizens from attempts to affect freedom of religion.