Bhopal, March 9 -- Amid protests by the opposition Congress, the Madhya Pradesh legislative assembly on Monday passed the MP Freedom of Religion Bill 2020 to prohibit forcible religious conversion by way of allurement, fraud, threat or marriage.

Home minister Narottam Mishra tabled the bill in the legislative assembly. Congress leaders opposed the bill and called it a violation of constitutional rights. Now, the bill will be sent to governor Anandiben Patel for approval.

BJP MLAs supported the bill and called it a gift for women on the occasion of Women's Day. Party MLA Sitasharam Sharma said, "According to a 1956 report, conversions are mostly brought about under influence, misrepresentation, etc, or in other words not by conviction bu...