Haryana: Final Draft Of Proposed Law Against Forced Religious Conversions To Be Prepared Soon, Says CM Khattar

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Haryana Chief Minister (CM) Manohar Lal Khattar on Monday (30 August) said that the final draft of his government's proposed law against religious conversions will be prepared soon, reports Indian Express.

At a press conference, Khattar said, "Law is enacted to create a deterrent for people when they start doing something wrong. Such incidents (of ‘love jihad’) have started taking place in a few places of Haryana."

Khattar further added, "Till the time these were not happening, or when there were only one or two such incidents, there was no requirement of such a law in this regard. But now several incidents of forced religious conversion by way of coercion and allurements have come to light."

"To prevent such incidents from happening, such laws are required. By way of example, I can say this is why we passed the anti-copying bill. Laws are required to prevent any of these incidents from increasing in number," the Haryana CM said.

Khattar added, "What I have learnt from the state home minister is that the team constituted for studying the aspects of such a law is doing its job. Very soon, a draft will be prepared. We shall see if we need to bring in an Ordinance or introduce it in the next Vidhan Sabha session. We are considering these possibilities. It will also be sent to the Legal Remembrancer who will examine it. It is in process. The law shall be enacted."

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