Love Jihad: Shivraj Cabinet Approves Ordinance Against ‘Love Jihad’ in MP

After UP, the ordinance against love jihad was approved in MP in a cabinet meeting held on Tuesday under the leadership of Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chauhan. Now the ordinance has been sent to Governor Anandi Ben Patel for approval. After getting the approval of the governor, the ordinance will become a law.

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Madhya Pradesh government had to pass the Freedom of Religion Bill in previous the assembly session, but due to the Corona pandemic, the assembly session was postponed. Therefore, the government now brought the Freedom of Religion Ordinance. This ordinance will have to be passed by the Assembly within 6 months after approval from the Governor. There are 19 provisions in the Religious Freedom Ordinance.

What is the ordinance?

According to the ordinance against love jihad, the person who commits conversion or attempts or conspiracy by means of seduction, intimidation, harassment, marriage, or any other fraudulent means, punishable by imprisonment up to 5 years and with fine up to but not limited to Rs. 25,000.

If this is committed with a minor or a woman/woman belonging to a Scheduled Caste tribe, then there is a provision for imprisonment of up to 10 years and a fine of Rs 50,000. In Madhya Pradesh, even those who collectively convert religion against the law will be imprisoned for up to 10 years and fined up to 1 lakh rupees.

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