10 sentenced for attempting ‘forcible conversion’

A local court sentenced 11 persons on charges of trying to "forcibly` convert people to another religion.

Updated: Apr 02, 2012, 21:43 PM IST

Kolar (Ktk): A local court today sentenced 11
persons on charges of trying to "forcibly` convert people to
another religion in Kyatamballi village in the district in
2007.

The JMFC court ordered two of the 11 to undergo a jail term
of 20 months,including two months of rigorous imprisonment and
pay a fine of Rs 5000 each. The other nine were sentenced to
one year simple imprisonment and pay a fine of Rs 2000 each.

Additional Senior Civil Judge and JMFC, H Gopalakrishna,
passed the orders saying that the accused were propagating
against a particular community and urging them to convert from
one religion to other.

"The accused committed grave offence of creating enimity
between the two communities. They committed offence
prejudicial to maintainence of harmony between the two
communities", the Judge stated in the order.
According to charge sheet filed by Robertsonpet police,
Kolar, the 11-member group had were openly condemning the
deities worshipped by the people of a particular community and
urged them to convert.

While two of the accused were sentenced under section
153(3) (promoting enmity between two different groups on
grounds of religion), 323 (punishment for voluntarily causing
hurt) and 506 (Punishment for criminal intimidation) of the
Indian Penal code, the others were sentenced under section
248(10) of the CrPC.
PTI