Countering Unethical Conversions


Sri Lanka

There is no law requiring religious groups to register with the government.

It has no anti conversion legislation.

Other Countries


Section 463 of the Penal Code makes proselyzation an offence if the defendant uses coercion or other forms of inducement to cause the conversion of a person from one religion or faith to another. The amendment would punish “proselytizing” that “uses coercion or other forms of inducement”. More


Kokkinakis v Greece 17 Eur H. R. Rep., 31 defines improper proselytism


Anti-conversion legislation is in force in four states; Madhya Pradesh, Chhattisgarh, Orissa and Himachal Pradesh, and Gujarat In two other states, Arunachal Pradesh and Rajasthan the law has been passed but have not yet been implemented.

The Gujarat state government revoked the Gujarat Freedom of Religion (Amendment) Bill of 2006 amendment bill in March 2010 in an apparent attempt to implement the Gujarat Freedom of Religion Act of 2003, an older version of the legislation. Rules of implementation under this Act were framed on April 1, The Times of India reported adding that those convicted of "forced" conversion could receive up to three years in jail. http://www.opendoorsusalorg/content/view/481/139

In Bangalore, the Somasekhara Commission appointed by the government recommended the enaction of anti conversion law to stop conversions.


Pending Cases in Sri Lanka

H.C. Panadura Case No. 15/09 (Revision)

Against the order of the M. C. Kesbewa Case No. 3340 preventing the conduct of a Christian Prayer Centre without the approval of the Urban Development Authority.


Criminal Case filed against Bishop, Salem, July 22 (PTI) A Criminal case was filed here today against Church of South India Bishop Manickam Dorai, who is already facing charges of misappropriation of CSI funds, and 12 others, a top police official said. The case was filed under seven sections of IPC including cheating in Hasthampatty police station.   More

Source: July 22, 2010