The bill is ironically called the “Religious Freedom Bill 2017.” It is intended to prevent conversion “by use of force or by allurement or by any fraudulent means.” Though we would be quick to say that our missionary efforts do not use any such means, the radical Hindu movement in India considers the promise of Heaven to be an “allurement” and the threat of Hell to be coercive.
The chief of the Hindu nationalist party (BJP), Radha Krishna Kishore, “There has been a 30% increase in the population of Christians in Jharkhand.”
If approved, the law would demand a fine of up to 100,000 rupees (1,500 US dollars) and a four-year prison sentence.
States which are enforcing anti-conversion laws at present include:
Odisha (formerly Orissa)