Chhattisgarh Chief Minister Vishnu Deo Sai. (ANI)

By Jayprakash S Naidu

A person who wishes to convert to another religion will have to fill a form with personal details at least 60 days in advance and submit it to the District Magistrate, who will then ask the police to assess the “real intention, reason and purpose”. These are the contours of a new Bill set to be introduced in the Chhattisgarh Assembly in the coming days, The Indian Express has learnt.

While the draft is ready, sources said some amendments could be made before it is finally presented in the Vidhan Sabha.

The person who performs the conversion ceremony will similarly have to fill a form at least a month in advance.

The draft also states that conversion “cannot be done from one religion to another by the use or practice of abuse, force, undue influence, coercion, inducement or by any fraudulent means or by marriage.”

If the DM discovers this was the case, the conversion will be deemed illegal, it states.

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