JHU brings unethical conversions Bill to Parliament
The Jathika Hela Urumaya Parliamentarian the Ven. Omalpe Sobitha Thera in a private members bill to parliament has proposed stringent action against those involved in unethical conversions.

The Bill titled 'Prohibition of Forcible Conversion of Religion' proposes the imposition of an imprisonment of not exceeding five years and a fine not exceeding Rs. 150,000 for a person found guilty of using force, allurement or fraudulent means to convert a person to another religion.

A person found guilty of converting a minor, a woman, Samurdhi beneficiaries, prison inmates, inmates of rehabilitation centres and detention centres and physically and mentally disabled, employees of an organisation, members of the armed forces or police, students, inmates of hospitals and or places of healing and refugee camps and any other category as may be prescribed by the Minister of the subject by regulations will have to serve an imprisonment not exceeding seven years and also be liable to a fine not exceeding Rs. 500,000.

According to the proposed bill , a person who changes his or her religion and the one who converts or acts as a facilitator by performing any ceremony or by taking part in such ceremony directly or indirectly will have to inform the Divisional Secretary of the respective area within a period prescribed by the Minister.

Whoever fails to comply, without sufficient cause, will be punished with imprisonment for a term not exceeding five years or with a fine not exceeding Rs. 150,000 on conviction.

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