India plays a critical part in U.S. foreign policy in terms of security and economic partnership.
Anti-conversion laws are widely abused in India by radical Hindu nationalists looking to harass religious minorities.
“A blessing given in good faith to a person from different religion can be construed as an attempt to religious conversion.”
In theory, the Constitution of India allows its citizens to choose and practice the religion of their choice.
Local police often overlook violence perpetrated against Christians due to false accusations of forced conversion.
To date, no individual has been convicted of forced conversions in India
Some of the anti-conversion laws have been on the books since 1967.
Christians in Uttar Pradesh are worried that the approved draft law could push religious minorities into a more hostile situation.
Critics of the new restrictions claim the government is seeking to harass NGOs, especially those those led by religious minorities