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"Freedom to convert" is counterproductive as a generalized doctrine. It fails to come to terms with the complex interrelationships between self and society that make the concept of individual choice meaningful. Hence, religious conversion undermines, and in extremes would dissolve, that individual autonomy and human freedom.

Thursday, June 09, 2005

Orissa: 4 Detained for Converting through Financial Extortion

Saturday May 14 2005 17:24 IST

Rajnagar police on Thursday detained four Christian missionaries on charges of trying to convert some poor people in the remote seaside villages of Rajnagar block. They were however released on Friday afternoon.

The four belong to Believer Church and Bible college of Brajanagarpur, said OIC of Rajnagar police station Sithikantha Kanungo. The four had been reportedly propagating Christian religion in the villages for the last six months under the pretext of providing financial help to gullible villagers.

On Thursday, when the four missionaries were allegedly trying to convert some villagers of Tikayatnagar, police was informed. Police also seized about 70 bibles, religious leaflets, posters and banners from their possession. BJP district president Duryodhan Sahoo demanded, on Friday, stern action against all those missionaries violating the Orissa Freedom Religion Act.

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