Uttarakhand villagers clash with organisers of event over unlawful conversions

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Villagers clashed with organizers of an event attended by Christian clergymen at Devdhung in Uttarkashi district, accusing them of making it illegal, officials said. The incident was reported on Friday by Purola Sub-Divisional Magistrate (SDM), Jitendra Kumar said. “Citizens have complained of collective conversion in a nearby program. We have information that there was also a small fight between the citizens and the organizers of the program. The matter is being investigated,” he said.

On Saturday, right-wing Hindu outfits staged a demonstration at the SDM’s office, alleging that Christian missionaries are converting people who come to work in Uttarkashi from Nepal by offering lures. They also submitted a memorandum addressed to Governor Gurmit Singh, demanding action.

The Governor recently assented to the Freedom of Religion (Amendment) Bill passed by the State Assembly on November 30, making illegal conversion a cognizable and non-bailable offense with a maximum jail term of 10 years in addition to a fine.

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