India’s Anti-conversion Laws Receive Global Criticism

Representatives from 21 countries are asking India to improve the religious freedom of minorities. Human rights groups, including Amnesty International, released a joint statement condemning increased violence, hate speech, and anti-conversion laws.

“These laws can be used against minority groups that are not Hindus, including Christians, Muslims, and others,” Greg Musselman with The Voice of the Martyrs Canada says.

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“Anybody that leaves Hinduism for another religion immediately is treated as [a] suspect. [Authorities assume] there must have been some coercion.”

Nearly half of India’s 28 states now have anti-conversion laws on the books. Karnataka passed a new law in September, while Uttarakhand strengthened existing legislation last week.

Anti-conversion laws are “continuing to expand right across the country, which of course, is concerning to the Christians,” Musselman says. See our full coverage here.

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SOURCE: Mission Network News, Katey Hearth


  • Pray that Christian leaders in Karnataka, along with those of other Indian states, will be granted God’s wisdom and direction as they navigate these widely abused laws.
  • May believers receive divinely appointed opportunities to continue reaching out to those around them with the Gospel message, even in the midst of these dangers.
  • Pray that governing officials in India will realize the value of respecting diverse opinions and, therefore, endeavor to work harmoniously with members of all religious communities.

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