Cong govt in Kar decides to repeal anti-conversion law brought in by BJP regime

Bengaluru: The Karnataka cabinet on Thursday decided to repeal the anti-conversion law brought in by the previous BJP government.

The government will introduce a bill in this regard in the upcoming legislature session, which starts on July 3.

“The Cabinet discussed the anti-conversion bill. We have approved the bill to repeal the changes that were brought in by them (BJP government) in 2022. It will be tabled during the session starting from July 3,” Law and Parliamentary Affairs Minister H K Patil told reporters after the Cabinet meeting.

The Protection of Right to Freedom of Religion Bill, 2021, or anti-conversion bill was passed in September last year in the Karnataka legislative council, when the then opposition Congress had staged a walkout.

The first case under anti-conversion law in the southern state was filed in October, when a 24-year-old Muslim man was arrested and remanded to judicial custody for allegedly converting a woman under the pretext of marrying her. Later in November, the Karnataka Police bookd another man under the law for allegedly luring a girl of another religion in the Nagamangala town of Mandya district and harassing her for marriage.