Karnataka’s New Anti-Conversion Law Will Further Embolden Hindu Extremists Against Minorities

Karnataka’s new anti-conversion law criminalises key dimensions of what it is to be a human—the impulse to charity, the freedom to love and to choose a faith of one’s choice—in a manner that undermines or freely violates rights afforded to every Indian citizen, violates Supreme-Court rulings and reverses a fundamental tenet of criminal law. Promulgated by the state’s governor in an extraordinary move reserved only for emergencies, the new law is likely to further embolden Hindu extremist groups.

25 May 2022        ARVIND NARRAIN