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Hindu leader suggests death penalty for conversion

Catholic World News - November 09, 2011

A prominent Hindu nationalist leader has called for the beheading of anyone who attempts to convert Hindus to another religion.

Praveen Togadia, suggested the death penalty for religious conversions at a Hind conference, adding that the execution should be by decapitation. Father Cedric Prakash, the Jesuit director of a human-rights center, observed that such intolerance is not unusual in India today. “What Togadia has said is nothing new,” he told the AsiaNews service. He observed, however, that the Hindu zealot’s suggestion is thoroughly at odds with India’s traditional commitment to inter-religious harmony.

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