Cabinet to decide repeal of AP Freedom of Religion Act: CM

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Itanagar, Mar 24 (UNI) Arunachal Pradesh Chief Minister Gegong Apang today said the issue relating to repeal of the Arunachal Pradesh Freedom of Religion Act, 1978, should be handed over to the Cabinet to study and decide.

Taking part in a discussion moved by former Chief Minister Mukut Mithi, Mr Apang informed that since there was divergent views from the members, the matter should be decided by the Cabinet and should be placed in the next session of the Assembly for its legislation.

Earlier, Mr Mithi alleged that the Act had become a source of mistrust among people of various religions and it provided infringement of the freedom of religion.

Most of the members expressed divergent views, forcing the Chief Minister to forward the matter to the Cabinet. Mr Apang stated that even after enactment of the Act, conversion from one religion to another continued and Arunachal was a place where every religion is respected.

'' The Act does not prohibit anybody from accepting religion of his choice. Conversion is a highly delicate matter and is the prerogative of the person,'' the Chief Minister asserted.

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