Concerned people against religion bill
A letter to Gujarat Governor Acharya Devvrat says the bill is clearly intended to cast aspersions on the minorities in the State
Ahmedabad: A group of concerned citizens has written to Gujarat Governor Acharya Devvrat not to give his assent to the Gujarat Freedom of Religion Amendment Bill, 2021, fearing that the proposed legislation would be misused against the minorities.
Signed by 40 activists and citizens, the letter stated that the amendment to the existing law was a gross violation of the law and unconstitutional.
The concerned citizens also pointed out that while presenting this amendment bill, the words used by the Minister of State for Home Pradipsinh Jadeja linking it to Jihadi conspiracy and with terrorist activities made it abundantly clear that the new law would be misused against the minorities.
“The fundamental spirit of this law is the violation of religious freedom, but the political conspiracy by masculine political leaders to impose their parochial agenda on the choice of women is more visible here,” they asserted.
The letter said the minister had not given any concrete numbers in the purpose and reasons of this amendment law, nor did he mention any number of cases or cases in the state of religious conversion, but he “delivered a hate speech towards Muslim religion.”
“The political agenda of communal votes was clearly visible by creating an atmosphere of fear among the people of Gujarat. This amendment law also violates the freedom found in the Special Marriage Act of 1954 in India,” they said.
The citizens expressed a concern that this law was essentially aimed at “crushing religious freedom and suppressing women, making them second-class citizens.”
“Sir, you are the custodian of the constitutional protection and the guardian of the State, you are requested to order the cancellation of this anti-people law to ensure the protection of human rights in the State,” the letter said.