a bill introducing the changes to the anti-conversion law would soon be presented to the state assembly.
The Uttarakhand government made the decision on Wednesday to strengthen the anti-
conversion law by declaring forced conversion as a cognisable offence with a provision for a punishment of 10 years imprisonment.
The shifting of the Uttarakhand High Court from Nainital to Haldwani received approval from the government as well.
According to official sources, the decisions were made during a meeting of the state cabinet presided over by the chief minister, Pushkar Singh Dhami
According to them, a bill introducing the changes to the anti-conversion law would soon be presented to the state assembly.
The Uttarakhand Freedom Of Religion Act, 2018, stipulates a prison term of up to five years for anyone convicted of “forced or fraudulent” conversion.
The proposal to shift the high court to a new location is being opposed by a section of lawyers of the high court
who feel it will be a loss for the hill areas of the state and goes against the principles that led to the creation of Uttarakhand.