The issue of religious conversions is once again in the news. The Uttar Pradesh police recently claimed to have busted a “religious conversion racket” in Delhi. Two people have been arrested and booked under several sections of the IPC besides the harsh National Security Act (NSA).
On the other hand, a similar issue of ‘conversion’ has also emerged from Jammu and Kashmir, where the families of two Sikh women have claimed that they were “forcibly converted” to a different religion.
Earlier, states such as Uttar Pradesh, Gujarat and Madhya Pradesh had booked several Muslim men under anti-conversion laws accusing them of the bogey of “love jihad”.
To understand the debate surrounding religious conversion, Delhi University professor Apoorvanand speaks to political scientist Neera Chandhoke.