A 32-year-old man from Bharuch district has moved the Gujarat High Court seeking direction to allow him to embrace Islam voluntarily. The man moved the court after his religious conversion application before the district collector was pending for over a year.
According to the “Freedom of Religion Act” in Gujarat, a person must get approval from the district magistrate before converting to any religion. The act was passed to avoid forceful conversion in the state.
Why the religion conversion
The petitioner Jignesh Patel submitted in an application before the court that he performs Namaz (salah), Roza (fast), and other Islamic rituals voluntarily and wants to convert to the religion.
He moved a religion conversion application before the Bharuch collector on November 26, 2019, but it is still pending and so he moved the Gujarat High Court.
Patel also submitted an affidavit of ‘No Objection’ for his conversion from his mother and sister. The applicant who works as a marketing executive was to embrace Islam on January 1, 2020, but failed as the application was pending before the collector.
Patel claimed that he is accepting Islam of his own free will as he feels that it is a monotheistic religion.
The Gujarat High Court has directed the Bharuch collector to decide the applicant’s petition within 8 weeks.
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