Tamil Nadu Bishops object to conversions ordinance
Christian groups in India's Tamil Nadu state are opposed to an ordinance that bans conversion by "force" or "allurement," but Hindu leaders say they welcome the new decree.
Promulgated on Saturday, the Tamil Nadu Prohibition of Forcible Conversion of Religion Ordinance, according to an official notification, aims to "nip in the bud attempts by certain religious fundamentalists and subversive forces to create communal tension under the garb of conversions."
Christian leaders view the ordinance as discrimination against minority religious groups - not because it prohibits anyone from converting another "either directly or otherwise" by use of force or allurement or "by any fraudulent means," but because of how it defines "allurement" and "force".
Tamil Nadu Catholic Bishops' Council protests against the Tamil Nadu ordinance on conversions (Catholic Bishops Conference of India)
Tamil Nadu Catholic Bishops protest against recent Ordinance on conversions (MISNA)
10 Oct 2002