Make your religion change official in two simple steps
Religion change falls under the right to freedom of expression and therefore
is your fundamental right.
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Religion Change in India - An Overview
In India, Freedom of Religion is one of the fundamental rights guaranteed by the constitution. India is a secular country where changing religion is legal and anyone can practice and propagate their religion without any restrictions.
legaltoast offers the best religion change service at all the three stages which include creating the affidavit, publishing the advertisement and gazette procedure.
The entire process can be done online at the comfort of your house.
Religion change legal procedure in India
Creating the religion change affidavit
When an individual decides for changing religion in India, the process has to be done legally so that the new religion gets reflected in all the accepted government IDs across the country. In order to have that, a Religion Change affidavit has to be prepared mandatorily. The affidavit is a legal document that contains details like name, the new religion, old religion, and address. It must be made on stamp paper and notarized by a notary public.
We will prepare the religion change affidavit and send it to you for your signature.
The next step is to place an advertisement in a widely circulated national or regional newspaper. This ensures that there is no public objection to your change of religion and it is not being done for any fraudulent or illegal reasons. The newspaper advertisement must specify the details like name, age, and address. The ad should clearly state that you are changing your religion. It is also required to save a copy of the ad for any future reference.
The final step is notification in the National Gazette, which is an online record published by the Central Government of India. This is required in order to have the religion changed in all the government IDs as well.
For filing Gazette application, the following things have to be submitted:
After the Gazette application is filed, the department will inspect the application closely and once they are convinced that everything is in order, the religion change declaration will be published in the e-Gazette. After successful submission, it takes up to 60 business days for the publication to appear in the e-gazette. It is important to note that the e-gazette is only published on Saturdays.
At Vakilserarch, we will be preparing the entire application for you and track the application as well.
Once the publication comes out, we will be sending you a copy of the Gazette via email. You have to print one copy for your records – no further certification is necessary.
Documents required for religion change application
- An affidavit on a stamp paper of minimum value Rs.10.
- The original newspaper copy in which the advertisement was published
- Original conversion certificate from the respective religious institution.
- The prescribed application (proforma) in printed format duly signed by the application and two witnesses and declaration.
- Two passport size photographs.
- Photocopies of valid ID proof ( PAN card/ Aadhaar card/ Voter ID/ Passport)
- A request letter along with the registration fee to the authority.
Conversion to Islam
For conversion to Islam, one needs to visit a mosque in the locality and take Shahada in the presence of a Maulvi and two major witnesses. Once the Shahada is performed, the Maulvi will issue a conversion certificate on the letterhead of the mosque, which is called as Shahada certificate. This document includes the date and the details of the witnesses present. Once the individual receives the conversion certificate they can start practicing Islam. The same has to be notified to the Gazette of India by filing an application. It is to be noted that there requires no separate name change process when a person changes religion. One Gazette notification applies both to religion and name change processes.
Conversion to Christianity
When one goes to the Church for changing the religion, a Baptism will be issued where the person gets a new Christian name and a certificate by the church.
Conversion to Hinduism
In order to practice and convert to Hinduism, there is no official conversion process or religious ceremony. One needs only to have the will and the commitment to study the scriptures and abide the proper practices as provided in the Religion. In India, you can visit a nearby Arya Samaj temple and show your willingness towards conversion to Hinduism post which they will issue you a certificate of conversion.
Duration of the process
It would take approximately 15- 20 days to prepare the application oneself. Once the application is submitted, it takes anywhere between 45-60 business days for the publication to be issued. Moreover, the applicant has to frequently drop in to the office of the Gazette to check the status.
If the application is rejected or the papers are not in order, tracking of the application would become very difficult.
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