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Freedom of Religion

The Indian constitution guarantees every individual’s freedom of religion as well as the freedom of religion of a group. Ours being a secular country, the state is religion neutral and keeps equidistance from all religions. But our model is difference from the European and American model. In India the State does not come in the way of the individual’s right to practice one’s religion. Article 25 clearly guarantees that all persons (including non-citizens) will have the freedom to profess, practice and propagate one’s religion.

There are citizens who are harassed for practicing a certain faith. In 2017, 240 incidents of violence against Christians were reported and in 2018 it has already crossed 120 by the end of June. Most of these are of false accusations of forceful and fraudulent conversions. One such case is of Balu Saste, who was accused of attempting to convert one Santosh to Christianity by allegedly offering money and threatening to his life. They were charged under section 295, 295A, 294, 506 of IPC. Trial Court over-looked the fact that Balu and his wife were living on grant of Rs. 500/- per month provided by their village for differently abled residents as they were visually impaired and convicted both of them. Through the intervention of allied lawyers of ADF India, we have to managed get acquittal for Balu in appellate court in Kukshi District, Madhya Pradesh.

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ADF India was established in 2012 as an alliance-building human rights organization that advocates for religious freedom and the sanctity of human life.

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