Demand to discourage religious conversion


The Swadharma Sanskriti Sanrakchan Abhiyan has requested Prime Minister Sher Bahadur Deuba to ensure that provisions are not established in a way to encourage religious conversion carried out in the name of secularism.

Handing over a memorandum to the Prime Minister on Saturday, the campaign office-bearers called for a complete prohibition in the act of religion conversion and penalizing the act, said coordinator of the campaign Dr Jaya Raj Acharya.

‘Secularism means equal treatment of all religions by the state, but that has been misused to promote religious conversions through the act of fear, threatening and incitement, which is against Nepal’s nationality and national unity,’ reads the memo.

The memo has been handed over in response to some voices being raised to remove the provisions relating to prohibition in religious conversion in Article 26 (3) of the Constitution, and to bring changes to Clause 158 (1,2, 3 and 4) of the recently introduced criminal code, 2074 B.S, coordinator Acharya said.

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