The Uttar Pradesh cabinet has approved an ordinance against love jihad in the cabinet meeting held on Tuesday. According to the new ordinance, those who are liable for forcefully or deceivably conversion of religion will carry a punishment for up to 10 years. For conversion of religion with consent, one must inform the District Magistrate before two months.
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Speaking on this, Siddharth Nath Singh, a minister in the UP government, said that the ordinance approved the 1-5 years of imprisonment with a fine of Rs 15,000 for conversion. If it happens with minors and women of the SC-ST community, there will be 3-10 years of imprisonment with a fine of Rs 25,000.
He further said that the UP government approved the Law against forcefully religious Conversion, which is necessary to prevent such practices and give justice to women. He said that more than 100 incidents of conversion of religions were reported in the past, in which, religion is being converted by deception and fraud.
According to the ordinance, if one wants religious conversion, they must inform in the prescribed format to District Magistrate 2 months in advance. If this is violated, there is a provision for punishment of 6 months to 3 years and a fine of Rs. 10 thousand.
Mohsin Raza, the minister of the Yogi government for minority well-fare Muslims, said that this is a strong message to those jihadis who are converting religions under its guise. There is complete preparation to put such people behind the bar.
Madhya Pradesh may be the next to bring a bill regarding love jihad. State Home Minister Narottam Mishra said that a bill is being brought against Love Jihad in the next assembly session. There will be a provision of 5 years imprisonment on Love Jihad. At the same time, Haryana Home Minister Anil Vij also mentioned bringing a law against love jihad in the state.
Recently, Union Minister Giriraj Singh had demanded to make such a law in Bihar too, although JDU avoided it. On behalf of Shiv Sena, Sanjay Raut has said that if such a bill comes in Bihar, we will see it. Nitish Kumar is a quiet-tempered Chief Minister.