27-Apr-2018

Certificate of religious conversion centres not required to amend records

Kochi March 15: The High Court on Wednesday issued an order saying that for amending the records of religious converts,  it is not necessary to produce certificates issued by religious conversion centres. 
 
If a person declared by himself that he has converted,  the government should accept that.
 
However,  only in case where there is any doubt about the conversion, an official can examine the matter. 
 
The freedom to live according to the religion of one's choice should not be dependent on any agency entrusted by the government.   The court also reminded that there should not be any hurdle for religious freedom.  
 
If any organization is authorised to recognize religious conversions,  freedom to religion will be subject to their decision. 
 
 Therefore,  any one who approaches the government to alter the records cannot be forced to produce a certificate showing the religious conversion.
 
The court order was issued on the petition by Aysha, 68,  from Perinthalmanna,  who converted to Islam together with her son. 
 
When they submitted a request to the Director of Printing to change name and religion in the records,   they were turned down,  and asked to produce a certificate proving their convertion.  The petitioner challenged this decision in the petition to the High Court.