Karnataka Religious Structures (Protection) Bill, 2021
The Karnataka Religious Structures (Protection) Bill, 2021 was passed by the state assembly recently to safeguard the religious structures built in public places before the date of commencement of the 2021 Act. The legislation defines â€œreligious structureâ€ as temple, church, mosque, gurudwara, Bodh vihar, Majar etc., constructed on a public place without the authority of law.
The new law prohibits construction of new religious structures on a public places. The law does not nullify the 2009 Supreme Court orders that called on the removal of illegal religious structures from such places.