World Watch Monitor, June 29, 2018
Christian groups have welcomed an announcement by a Buddhist chief state minister in north-east India that a 1978 law preventing conversions from one faith to another will soon be repealed.
Between the 1960s and 1980s some Christians in the state were subjected to torture, public beatings and detention, as their activity was resisted amid concerns of exploitation and the erosion of traditional cultures.
The 1978 act prohibits “conversion from one religious faith to any other”. However since its enactment the proportion of Christians in the state has shot up as thousands of followers of tribal religions embraced Christianity.