Supreme Court Notice To Centre: The Supreme Court has issued a notice to the Center on the demand of making a strict law against wrongful conversion. Petitioner Ashwini Upadhyay has demanded strict action against those who convert to religion by pressure, greed or deceit. In his petition, he had cited other incidents including the case of Lavanya who committed suicide due to pressure.
What is the Lavanya case?
Lavanya, a 17-year-old student from Thanjavur in Tamil Nadu, committed suicide on January 19 this year by consuming insecticide. Just before that he made a video. In that video, Lavanya had said that his school ‘Sacred Heart Higher Secondary’ was pressuring him to become a Christian. She is giving her life due to the constant harassment for this. The Madras High Court handed over the investigation of the incident to the CBI. The Supreme Court also upheld the order of the High Court.
What happened in court today?
Petitioner Ashwini Upadhyay, Justice M.R. He himself argued the matter before the bench of Shah and Krishna Murari. He told the judges that the CBI is investigating the Lavanya case. Therefore, there is no need to hear that demand now. But it is necessary to eliminate the hidden reasons behind such incidents.
Upadhyay told the court that some states have made laws against conversion by spreading deception, greed or superstition. But there is no law at the national level. What can be a crime in UP is not considered a crime in Delhi. This problem cannot be solved with such a loose approach. Foreign funding is happening on a large scale to get the conversion done. All these need attention. Instead of making a separate law, if the government adds some sections in the IPC, then it will have a lot of impact.
After listening to the counsel for a while, the judges agreed that this is a serious matter. After this, the court issued notice to the Union Home Ministry and the Law Ministry. The next hearing of the case will take place on November 14.