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India: Religious Freedom

Question for Foreign and Commonwealth Office

UIN HL7801, tabled on 11 May 2018

To ask Her Majesty's Government what discussions they have had with the government of India about the Indian states which have passed laws criminalising religious conversions, including whether those laws are ultra vires.

Answered on

25 May 2018

It is not a criminal offence voluntarily to convert to a different religion in India. However, some states have passed legislation making this process more difficult. The UK remains committed to promoting and defending freedom of religious belief for individuals of all faiths and beliefs, including in India. The British High Commission in New Delhi and our wider network across India monitor closely any reports of incidents against religious minorities.