Supreme Court rejects plea to curb black magic, forced religious conversions
Religious conversion by ‘carrot and stick’ and by ‘hook or criminal’ not solely offends Articles 14, 21, 25, however can also be towards the ideas of secularism, argued the petitioner
The Supreme Court on Friday stated individuals above 18 years of age are free to select their faith because it refused to entertain a plea seeking directions to the Centre and states to control black magic and religious conversion.
A bench of Justices R.F. Nariman, B.R. Gavai and Hrishikesh Roy informed senior advocate Gopal Sankaranarayana, showing for petitioner advocate Ashwini Upadhyay, “What kind of writ petition is this under Article 32. We will impose a heavy cost on you. You argue on your own risk”.
The plea filed by Upadhyay has additionally sought instructions to verify the feasibility of appointing a committee to enact a Conversion of Religion Act to examine the “abuse of religion”. “Religious conversion by ‘carrot and stick’ and by ‘hook or crook’ not only offends Articles 14, 21, 25, but is also against the principles of secularism, which is an integral part of the basic structure of the Constitution. “Petitioner states with dismay that the Centre and States have failed to control the menace of black magic, superstition and deceitful religious conversion, though it is their duty under Article 51A,” stated the plea filed by advocate Ashwani Kumar Dubey.
The bench stated there isn’t a purpose why an individual above 18 cannot be allowed to select his faith.
It additional informed Mr. Sankaranarayana, “there is a reason why the word propagate is there in the Constitution”.
Mr. Sankaranarayana then sought liberty to withdraw the petition and permission to make illustration to the federal government and the legislation fee. The bench additionally refused to grant permission to a illustration to the legislation fee and stated, “no we can’t grant you this permission”. It dismissed the petition as withdrawn.
Alleging that the federal government has failed to take any concrete motion towards them, the plea stated the Centre might enact a legislation with minimal imprisonment of three years which will lengthen up to 10 years and a hefty wonderful could also be imposed.