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TN bills to repeal Jaya

Chennai (PTI): Two bills for repealing the controversial anti-conversion law and Tamil Nadu Essential Services Maintenance Act (Tesma), enacted by the previous Jayalalithaa government, were introduced in the Tamil Nadu Assembly on Monday without being opposed.

The Tamil Nadu Prohibition of Forcible Conversion of Religion ordinance was promulgated on October 5, 2002, prohibiting conversion from one religion to another by the use of force, by allurement or by fraudulent means. This ordinance was replaced by an act later.

However, the ADMK government decided to repeal the law and an ordinance for this was promulgated on May 18, 2004.

The present government said the ordinance has lapsed and so a bill has been introduced in the current session.

The government said that Tesma would be repealed as “its provisions are draconian in character”.