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As the Karnataka government is set to introduce an anti-conversion bill in the winter session of the state assembly, The News Minute details its provisions which recommend a maximum punishment of 10 years of imprisonment for conversion by “fraudulent means” to another religion. It also puts the onus of proof on the “convertor”, thereby potentially criminalising even genuine conversions.

Mojo Story discusses the inspiration and implications of the bill, especially since there are already provisions in current laws that quite adequately cover “forcible or induced” conversions. The recent attacks on the Christian community, 39 in the last 11 months alone in Karnataka, according to the People's Union of Civil Liberties, has also raised fears that the bill specifically targets the community and seeks to instil a “chilling effect”.

Staying with Karnataka, Down To Earth reports that a study of groundwater in 73 villages in eastern parts of the state found more than permissible uranium concentrations in at least 57 of the villages, raising concerns about chemical toxicity linked to cancer and kidney disease.

The Hemant Soren-led cabinet in Jharkhand is on the cusp of introducing the Prevention of Mob Violence and Mob Lynching Bill, 2021, in the winter session of the state legislature. In this context, Article 14 documents the struggles of three widows whose husbands died in incidents of mob lynching in the state and chronicles their long and winding road to justice.

In 2018, when the Pradhan Mantri Jan Arogya Yojana (PMJAY) was launched, it sought to provide health insurance cover to larger sections and reduce their out-of-pocket burden. The India Forum examines its working and avers that there is an urgent need to iron out deficiencies in design and implementation, which have actually added to the burden of the beneficiaries instead of easing it.

For more such stories from the grantees this week, please read on.


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10 yr jail, lengthy process to change religion: Karnataka’s draft anti-conversion Bill

The News Minute breaks down the proposed Karnataka Protection of Right to Freedom of Religion Bill 2021. The report argues that the draft law is not only a breach of a citizen’s right to practice and propagate their religion, it also dissuades people from entering into inter-faith marriages.

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Attack on Christians rise in Karnataka as BJP moves Anti-Conversion Law

With the anti-conversion bill set to be tabled in the winter session of the Karnataka assembly, Mojo Story discusses the potential impact of the bill on religious freedom with a panel which includes rights activists and the Archbishop of Bengaluru, among others.

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High levels of uranium in groundwater of eastern Karnataka’s 57 villages: Study

A chemical analysis of groundwater in 73 villages of Karnataka found high levels of uranium concentration in at least 57 of them, way above the permissible levels prescribed by the WHO and the Atomic Energy Regulatory Board. Down To Earth reports.

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Can India’s Flagship Public Health Insurance Scheme Do What it Promises?

The PMJAY was launched to protect eligible citizens from the burden of unexpected medical expenses by providing a credible insurance cover. However, The India Forum finds that the scheme needs to “pause expansion, learn, and consolidate”.

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3 Jharkhand Widows Struggle To Get By, Years After Cow Vigilantes Lynched Their Husbands

Article 14 documents the struggle of 3 widows whose husbands died in the incidents of mob lynching in Jharkhand and their long battle for justice and closure. Meanwhile, Jharkhand is on the verge of introducing an anti-lynching bill in the state legislature.

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