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Difficult situation will arise in the country if forced conversions are not stopped: Supreme Court

While hearing the case of forced conversion, the Supreme Court has described it as a very serious issue. The court said that it also affects the security of the country. The court said in its comment that it is against religious freedom. The Supreme Court has asked the Central Government to file its reply on the matter by 22 November. The next hearing will be on November 28. A bench of Justice MR Shah and Justice Hima Kohli asked Solicitor General Tushar Mehta to explain the steps taken by the government to curb religious conversions through inducements. The bench said, ‘This is a very serious matter. Serious efforts should be made by the Center to stop forced conversions. Otherwise a very difficult situation will emerge. Tell us what action you propose to take. You have to intervene.

The court further said, ‘This is a very serious issue, which affects the security of the nation and religious freedom. Therefore, it would be better if the Central Government clarifies its stand and files a counter affidavit on what further steps can be taken to stop such forced conversions.” The case was filed by advocate Ashwini Upadhyay. In his petition, he has demanded strict action against those who convert religion through pressure, greed or deceit.

What is the whole matter – In Thanjavur, Tamil Nadu, a 17-year-old girl student committed suicide by drinking insecticide. He had made a video before the suicide. In this video, he alleged that his school is pressurizing him to become a Christian. He talked about mental harassment. The Madras High Court had ordered the investigation of the entire case to be handed over to the CBI. The Supreme Court also upheld this decision. The incident is of January 19 this year.