Government of India - Ban Proselytizing & Tourist Visa of Christian Missionaries

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We are asking Government of India to enforce existing law and DO not issue TOURIST visa or e-Visa on arrival to Christian Missionaries. A missionary visa category exists and any all missionaries coming to India need to obtain correct visa by providing truthful information.

However majority of the Christian Missionaries do not APPLY for missionary visa and get tourist visa instead. This is clear violation of the existing Indian Laws. Indian regulations clearly state that if a foreign religious worker comes to India for missionary work, they have to obtain Missionary Visa and not any other Visa. Therefore, any tourist engaging in Missionaries activities shall be punishable.

Millions of people visit India every year. Majority of them come as Tourist or on Business Visa and they primarily come to convert Hindus. Anti-conversion laws are actively enforced in: Arunachal Pradesh, Odisha, Madyha Pradesh, Chhattisgarh, Gujarat, Jharkhand, Uttrakhand and Himachal Pradesh. In all instances of enforcement, the laws are titled ‘Freedom of Religion Act[s]’.

The Acts state that no person shall convert or attempt to convert, either directly or otherwise, any person from one religious faith to another by the use of force or by inducement or by any fraudulent means, nor shall any person abet any such conversion. Anti-conversion laws fail to achieve the very purpose for which they have been enacted.

We are asking Government of India to enforce existing law.

Please stop issuing TOURIST visa to Missionaries !