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Indian Converts Must Get Government Permission (One Month in Advance) or Face Prison

(UPDATE) A new, no-confidence vote in Madhya Pradesh's Hindu government has delayed ratification of the state's anti-conversion bill.

Update (Aug. 5): World Watch Monitor (WWM) reports that Christians in Madhya Pradesh still are waiting to hear whether or not the government will accept their amendments to the state's new 'anti-conversion law', the signing of which has been placed on hold.

According to WWM, the bill needs to be ratified by governor Ramnaresh Yadav, a member of the ruling, hardline-Hindu Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP). However, "local sources told World Watch Monitor that proceedings were halted on July 11, while the opposition prepared a no-confidence motion against the present BJP government."

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Converting to Christianity? Don't forget to ask your local government officials for permission first—at least one month in advance.

That is, if you live in the Indian state of Madhya Pradesh state, which has passed legislation sending converts to Christianity—and their pastors—to prison for failing to obtain such permission before conversions.

The bill requires ...

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