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Facing criticism, Karnataka may put church survey on back burner

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Facing criticism, Karnataka may put church survey on back burner
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Facing criticism, Karnataka may put church survey on back burner
Facing criticism, Karnataka may put church survey on back burner

BENGALURU: The proposal by the Karnataka government to survey churches and bible societies to weed out unauthorised churches and curb forced religious conversion is apparently being quietly buried with the government going slow following strong criticism.
On October 13, the legislature committee on the welfare of backward classes and minorities had asked deputy commissioners of districts to undertake the survey. The panel, supposed to meet on Wednesday, couldn’t proceed for want of quorum. At least nine of the 20 members have to be present but only five turned up.
Officials said the survey has been put on the back burner. The panel’s tenure will expire on November 9, following which Speaker Visheshwar Hegde Kageri is expected to constitute a new committee by mid-November. “Officials of different departments said the survey cannot be conducted since it goes against the constitutional provision of freedom of religion. While the police said 36 cases of forced conversion were registered this year, they said running churches and conducting prayer meetings doesn’t come under the ambit of criminal procedure,” a senior official said.

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