» 08/31/2012, 00.00
Himachal Pradesh (partially) repeals its anti-conversion law
The state's high court strikes down Rule 4 (obligation to notify the authorities within 30 days one's intention to convert to a religion other than Hinduism) as well as rules 3 and 5 (requiring the state to investigate conversions). For Card Oswald Gracias, president of Catholic Bishops' Conference of India, the ruling "upheld and protected the constitution" and recognised that everyone has "a right to choose his or her religion."
New anti-conversion bill proposed in Himachal Pradesh
The Indian Church is concerned by such a possible decision which would undermine the state's secularist traditions. The Bishops' conference reminds decision-makers about the Catholic Church's social action, which is not geared towards forced conversions but is intended to be at the services of one and all.
Muslim leader defends Himachal Pradesh Christians
In an open letter to Sonia Gandhi, Syed Shahabuddin, a former lawman and president of the All India Muslim Union, wants the state’s proposed anti-conversion bill dropped because it is unnecessary and dangerous to the whole Union.
Love Jihad: luring girls online and forcing them to convert to Islam
The High Court of Kerala asks the state police and the Interior Minister in New Delhi to investigate the forced conversion campaign dubbed "Love Jihad" and "Romeo Jihad." Young people attracted by promises of marriage end up in the hands of Islamic organizations. It is feared that there are over 4 thousand cases. For the boys who act as bait there is a reward of 100 thousand rupees.
New incidents of anti-Christian violence, protest rally set for Delhi
In northern India Hindu extremist groups force a Catholic priest to flee and two Christian missionaries to convert to Hinduism. Christian communities organise rally in Delhi to protest against the rising violence.
Court overturns ruling ordering abortion on 19-year-old mentally challenged and orphaned woman
The woman was raped by two security guards working in the government-run shelter where she was living. She is in her 20th week of pregnancy. Punjab and Haryana High Court ordered the termination of her pregnancy, arguing she could not raise the child and would treat him as a “toy”. The young woman said she wanted to have the baby.
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