Another anti-conversion amendment takes effect tomorrow in India, this time in Gujarat. “It’s now the ninth state that has an anti-conversion law in place, and these amendments make them stronger,” John Pudaite of Bibles For The World says.
“It’s directed against Christians and Muslims, and this is something that the BJP Party and the pro-Hindu factions have been pushing.”
Allegedly, Gujarat’s latest amendment targets forced conversions by marriage, but believers remain skeptical.
Many states have passed new anti-conversion laws or amendments in recent months under the auspices of fighting “love jihad.” Indian authorities claim Muslim men marry Hindu women to convert them to Islam. They accuse Christians of having similar motives. However, the facts don’t appear to support this assertion.
“It is interesting that, while we have these anti-conversion laws in place, nobody has been convicted in the courts of forced conversion,” Pudaite says.
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SOURCE: Mission Network News, Katey Hearth
CALL TO ACTION
- Pray believers will have wisdom and discernment as they distribute Bibles in this tense atmosphere.
- Ask God to raise up leaders in India who value religious freedom.