Haryana announces anti-conversion law regulations; requiring DMs to seek objections before approval

The Haryana government has issued regulations to implement its law prohibiting religious conversion employing coercion, undue influence, or allurement. Under these regulations, district magistrates are required to issue a public notice and invite objections, if any, regarding a proposed conversion.

The Haryana Prevention of Unlawful Conversion of Religion Bill was approved by the State Assembly in March of this year. After the governor’s approval, the anti-conversion statute was announced a month later.

The Haryana Prevention of Unlawful Conversion of Religion Rules, 2022, was recently passed by the state cabinet and was notified for implementation under the Act on December 15. Previously, similar measures were enacted in BJP-ruled states like Himachal Pradesh and Uttar Pradesh.

This news is written by Ms. Pujari Dharani, Research Assistant, All India Legal Forum.

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