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Religion is not a place or thing or any kind of material that can be changed in another form forcefully. Which religion a person is following does not matter because purpose is same, that is, salvation. When a person infringes into another person’s belief, faith and worship there arises a problem that is fight for the right of religion. To which there becomes a need of anti-conversion law which safeguards a person from conversion due to force, allurement, gratuity and other means. For instance State of Madhya Pradesh had come under the British force to convert their religion to Christians which is a breach of Article 25(1) of the Constitution of India which says “all persons are equally entitled to freedom of conscience and the right freely to profess, practice and propagate religion”. Minorities in this area were influenced by the benefits and services given by Britishers to convert into Christian. Thereafter Madhya Pradesh State legislature passed a Madhya Pradesh Swantra Adhiniyam  Act, 1968 which is valid by taking into consideration Article 25(2)(a). Thereafter Orissa, Tamil Nadu, Gujarat, Rajasthan, Himachal Pradesh have also made anti conversion laws. 

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Neeru Mittal. (2019). Need for and Validity of Anti-Conversion law in India. History Research Journal, 5(6), 3175-3182. Retrieved from https://journals.eduindex.org/index.php/hrj/article/view/20152