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‘Ban on conversion an infringement of fundamental right

Congress leader Digvijay Singh on Thursday slammed the government for suggesting that a legislation to ban religious conversions can be brought in if all parties agree, saying it was an infringement of fundamental rights.

The Congress general secretary said it would be improper to ban conversion if any individual wanted to wilfully convert to another religion. Parliamentary Affairs Minister M Venkaiah Naidu on Thursday said the National Democratic Alliance Government is open to a detailed discussion in the Parliament on the issue of conversion and if all parties agree it could even bring a legislation to ban conversions.

“Can Mr Naidu stop anyone from converting willingly to any other religion. It will be an infringement of fundamental rights conferred by the Constitution. It is the fundamental right of an individual to choose his/her religion. “However, by giving any benefit and luring anyone to change religion is a crime and it should remain so,” Singh told reporters outside Parliament.
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