Arvind Kejriwal while addressing a public rally in Jalandhar said “Religion is a private matter. Everyone has the right to worship (or follow) any religion or religious book. But if somebody is being converted by alluring them through money or harassing them, then it is wrong.”
Reiterating the stand of many BJP ruled states, the AAP chief and chief minister of Delhi Arvind Kejriwal called for an anti-conversion law in Punjab. He said “A law should certainly be made against religious conversions, but such a law should not be misused to harass anyone,”
Last year, in response to a question in the Lok Sabha, the Central government stated that it has no plans to adopt a central anti-conversion law to prevent interfaith weddings in the country, adding that such laws are the responsibility of state governments.
The Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) declared that state governments are primarily responsible for the prevention, detection, registration, investigation, and prosecution of religious conversion-related offences.
The state of Punjab goes to the polls from 20th February.