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The Tamil Nadu Prohibition of Forcible Conversion of Religion Ordinance

January 1, 2002

Whoever converts any person from one religion to another either by performing any ceremony by himself for such conversion as a religious priest or by taking part directly or indirectly in such a ceremony shall, within such period as may be prescribed, send an intimation to the District Magistrate of the district in which the ceremony has taken place of the fact of such conversion in such form as may be prescribed.

(a) "allurement" means offer of any temptation in the form of
     (i) any gift or gratification either in cash or kind;
     (ii) grant of any material benefit, either monetary or otherwise;
(b) "convert" means to make one person to renounce one religion and adopt another religion;
(c) "force" includes a show of force or a threat of injury of any kind including threat of divine displeasure or social excommunication;
(d) "fraudulent means" includes misrepresentation or any other fraudulent contrivance.
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