Thursday, July 18, 2024

Now, Kejriwal bats for law against conversion


Our Spl Correspondent
NEW DELHI, JANUARY 29: Often a champion of ‘secularism’, but from time to time Arvind Kejriwal, Chief Minister of Delhi, highlights his Temple visits and also speaks out about his Baniya caste.
This time in Jalandhar, a politically important nerve centre in poll-bound Punjab, AAP convener and Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal says there should be a law against religious conversion.
“Religion is a private matter. Everybody has right to worship a God. A law should definitely be made against religious conversions….” he said.
However, he maintained that nobody should be “wrongly harassed” through such a new law.
“Conversions done by scaring them is wrong”, he said.
Kejriwal’s remarks may not go down well with minorities especially Muslims and Christians.
A section of leaders and intellectuals from these communities from time to time have backed the idea of pushing Kejriwal’s name at the national level to fight the BJP.
Seven States including BJP-ruled Uttar Pradesh has a law against religious conversion.
In Punjab also, conversion is an issue.
Promise of easier access to Visas for travel to US, Canada and Europe and talk about miracle in ‘Ishu power’ has misled many Hindus and Sikhs to embrace Christianity.
Last year, the influential SGPC also had launched a house to house campaign against conversion in Punjab.
In December, RSS leader Indresh Kumar has said conversion creates divisions in the society.