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
The constitution of India guarantees religious freedom as one of the essential rights. India is a secular country where it is permissible to change religion and where anybody may freely practice and spread their religion. Legaltoast provides the greatest religion change service at all three steps, including affidavit creation, advertising publication, and the gazetting process. The entire procedure may be completed from the convenience of your own home.
What is the legal procedure for changing one's religion in India?
In India, you can change your religion by following the steps below:
Make an affidavit of religion change
When a person in India chooses to change their religion, the procedure must be done properly so that the new faith is represented in all of the country’s recognized government papers. A religion change affidavit format must be completed in the first stage to achieve this. The religion change affidavit format is a legal document that includes information such as your name, your new religion, your previous faith, and your current address. It must be written on stamp paper and notarized by a public notary.
The next step is to put an ad in a highly read national or regional newspaper. This assures that there will be no public opposition to your religion change in India and that it is not being done fraudulently or illegally. The newspaper advertising must include information such as your name, age, and residence. The ad should clearly declare that you are changing your religion. It is also necessary to retain a copy of the advertisement for future usage.
Procedure for the Gazette
The next step is to publish a notice in the National Gazette. A gazette is just a government-published official publication. Every state and the federal government are free to publish their own gazettes. Part IV of the Central Government Gazette publishes public notifications and ads from private people.
Publication in the Gazette.
Following the filing of the Gazette application, the relevant authorities will carefully examine the application. Once they are satisfied that everything is in order, the religion change declaration will be published. The publishing might take up to 60 business days to appear in the e-gazette.
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What documents are needed in India to effect religious change?
- Identity Proof – Pan Card, Driver’s License, Passport, Aadhar Card, or Voter ID.
- Aadhar Card or card or a utility bill can be used as evidence of address.
- Passport-sized photo as evidence.
- Application Document – A duly signed form containing all information on the previous and new religions, as well as the old name, current address, contact information, and the reason for the faith change.
Documents that are optional
- Certificate of Marriage (For married women)
- An affidavit that is used (If any, made after conversion, etc.).
- Divorce documents (In case of divorce etc.).