Vol. 4, Issue 2 (2018)
Freedom of religion and criminal laws for religion
Author(s): Rajnish Hooda
Abstract: Freedom of religion is a principle which supports a person or community to express religion or belief in teaching, practice, worship, rituals and customs without government influence or interactions in public or private places freely without any interference. It includes the freedom to change the religion or belief by an individual at any stage of his life. Unfortunately, crime in religion is an everyday fact that occurs in the world and millions of people are unaware of it. Religious crimes often take place and it is a global problem from the ancient times. This paper describes how religion and criminal law should be involved or should not be involved with each other from the point of view of the right to freedom of religion. The main focus is on examining the justification for the existence of a criminal prohibition against the freedom to express word that harm or that has the potential to harm, a person's religious sensitivities and religious belief.