Monday, December 22, 2014

India Considering Anti-Conversion Law

According to a report from AFP on Saturday, in India, Parliament is paralyzed over a proposed law against "forced conversion." The term is used in India to describe not just conversion under threat of violence, but also conversion through inducements such as offers of free food or education.  Hindu nationalists connected to Prime Minister Narendra Modi's Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) have become more aggressive in their conversion efforts. The Daily Times reports
The Bharatiya Janata Party’s (BJP’s) militant wing, the Rashtriya Swayamsewak Sangh (RSS) has started a forced conversion movement called homecoming. The RSS believes that these Muslims and Christian were originally Hindus and the homecoming movement is simply an attempt to bring them back to where they belong.
RSS was accused of converting some 50 poor Muslim families a week ago, promising the converts ration cards and other financial incentives.  A larger planned conversion of Christians and Muslims on Christmas day has been called off.  Amit Shah, leader of BJP, says the party favors a new law.