Madhya Pradesh Governor Anandiben Patel approved an ordinance on unlawful religious conversion in Madhya Pradesh. The ordinance provides for two to ten- year imprisonment and a fine up to Rs 50,000 for anyone found guilty of forcing women, minors, and people from Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes to undergo religious conversion.
The Madhya Pradesh Dharmik Swatantrata (Freedom of Religion) Ordinance defines ancestral religion as that of a person’s father at the time of birth. It replaces the 1968 Madhya Pradesh Freedom of Religion Act and prohibits conversion and conversion attempts through misrepresentation, allurement, threat, force, undue influence, coercion marriage, and any fraudulent means.
The ordinance has a provision for punishing organizations, which organize such conversions. A person embracing another religion voluntarily and the priest getting it done will have to inform the District Magistrate at least 60 days before the scheduled date of conversion.