Supreme Court News: Tamil Nadu has made its stand clear in the debate regarding the anti-conversion law issued in the Supreme Court. Tamil Nadu’s Stalin government says there is nothing illegal about missionaries spreading Christianity, as long as they don’t use illegal means to do so. He also emphasized that the Constitution of India gives people the right to ‘spread their religion peacefully’ and ‘change their beliefs’.
The DMK-led government told the court that anti-conversion laws are at risk of being misused against minorities. The citizens of the country should be allowed to freely choose their religion and it would not be fair that the government is questioning their personal faith and privacy.
‘There was no incident of forced conversion’
The Tamil Nadu government, in an affidavit filed recently, continues to insist that there have been no incidents of forced conversions in the southern state in the last several years. The government had earlier also opposed the demand of ordering a CBI inquiry on behalf of the petitioner and advocate Ashwini Upadhyay.
‘Attempts to target missionaries’
The affidavit filed by the Stalin government said that anti-conversion laws are prone to misuse against minorities and that there is no data on punishment under various anti-conversion laws of states. Citizens are free to choose the religion they want to follow. Criticizing the petitioner, the government said that efforts are being made to target Christian missionaries.
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