Jaipur: March 27. (IANS) The All India Christian Council has strongly condemned the Rajasthan government to come out with an anti-conversion bill.
The proposed law would deny dalits and tribals their basic rights to choose their religion, the body said in a statement.
`The move is not just mischievous but downright unconstitutional. The right to follow or change one`s faith can never be unlawful.
`Should the bill be passed, it will be the stick used to harass minorities in a state where they already feel insecure. It isn`t hard to imagine what such a law in the hands of prejudiced government officials and law keepers can do to make lives of minorities unbearable`, the statement said.
Genuine conversions have become controversial only because of the opposition of the `saffron brigade` as they fear the emancipation of the marginalised people could affect their vote banks, the council alleged.