India passes yet another anti-conversion law at the state level. Haryana’s legislation slid through largely unnoticed as the world watched Ukraine.
Haryana is now the ninth state with an anti-conversion law on the books; 11 of India’s 28 states have drafted such legislation. “There continue to be rumors that a nationwide bill is being prepared,” John Pudaite of Bibles For The World says.
Police use these laws to persecute believers, especially those who turn to Christ from another religion.
“Anti-conversion laws are framed so that no one can convert from one religion to another. Hindus can practice Hinduism, Muslims can practice Islam, Christians can practice Christianity, etc. But you cannot convert from one religion to another,” Pudaite explains.
“It’s a way that they (authorities) can still claim ‘we’re observing our Constitution,’ which provides freedom of religion.”
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SOURCE: Mission Network News, Katey Hearth
CALL TO ACTION
- Ask the Lord to comfort and strengthen believers in India as they face more persecution.
- Pray God will move in the hearts of the oppressors.