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‘Is this Pakistan?’ Punjab Cabinet faces ire for making sacrilege of religious text punishable for life

Prime News, National (Chandigarh), August 22:- The Punjab Cabinet’s decision to make sacrilege of religious texts punishable has left Congress red-faced. The Cabinet on Tuesday gave its nod to make amendments to the Indian Penal Code (IPC) as well as the Code of Criminal Procedure (CrPC) to make sacrilege of religious texts punishable with life imprisonment.

The government has taken a major step towards curbing such incidents and maintaining communal harmony in the state, an official spokesperson said.

The decision was taken at a meeting chaired by Chief Minister Amarinder Singh. “The Cabinet today decided on amendments to IPC to make sacrilege of all religious texts punishable with life imprisonment. We will place the Bill in the Vidhan Sabha for approval. I stand firmly committed to preserving communal harmony in the State,” Punjab Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singh tweeted on Tuesday.

An official spokesperson said that whoever causes injury, damage or sacrilege to Sri Guru Granth Sahib, Srimad Bhagwad Geeta, Holy Quran and Holy Bible with the intention to hurt the religious feelings of the people, shall be punished.

The Cabinet’s nod, however, has led to people terming the decision as an insult to democracy. Many even compared it to the Blasphemy law in Pakistan. (MR, Inputs: Agencies).

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