What is Love Jihad law and Why this is in news. The issue of “love jihad” has been on UP Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath’s agenda even before he became chief Minister of Uttar Pradesh and is considered close to his heart. While the Bharatiya Janata Party did not mention the word “love-jihad” in its poll agenda in previous state assembly elections, Adityanath, even as Gorakhpur MP, never shied away from being vocal about it. His outfit, “Hindu Yuva Vahini”, which is not much active at present, had actively worked to check alleged religious conversions in eastern Uttar Pradesh.
What is Love Jihad law by UP government
The proposed law cleared by the Uttar Pradesh cabinet defines punishment and fine under three different heads. Those found guilty of conversion done though “misrepresentation, force, undue influence, coercion, allurement or by any fraudulent means” in contravention of the law would face jail term of one to 5 years, and a minimum fine of Rs 15,000.
In case, such conversion is of a minor, a woman from the Scheduled Caste or Scheduled Tribe, then those found guilty would have to face a jail term from three to 10 years, with a minimum fine of Rs 25,000.
On the other hand, if such conversion is found at the mass level, then those guilty would face jail term from three to 10 years, with a minimum fine of Rs 50,000.
In an another significant provision, the proposed law termed as “Uttar Pradesh Vidhi Virudh Dharma Samparivartan Pratishedh Adyadesh 2020” (prohibition of unlawful religious conversion), proposes among other things that a marriage will be declared “shunya” (null and void) if the “sole intention” of the same is to “change a girl’s religion”.
Anyone wanting to convert into another religion would have to give it in writing to the District Magistrate
Under the new proposed law, anyone wanting to convert into another religion would have to give it in writing to the District Magistrate at least two months in advance. The government is supposed to prepare a format for the application and the individual has to fill the application for conversion in that format.
However, under the new law, it would be the responsibility of the one going for the religious conversion to prove that it is not taking place forcefully or with any fraudulent means. In case, any violation is found under this provision, then one faces a jail term from 6 months to 3 years and fine of minimum Rs 10,000.
MP cabinet approves ‘love jihad law’, forced conversion will invite 10-year-jail term, penalty
The Shivraj Singh Chouhan cabinet has approved ‘love jihad’ law or the MP Freedom of Religion Bill 2020 after a special meeting chaired by the chief minister. The new law will invite 2-10 years’ of imprisonment for forced conversion of a minor or a woman from a lower caste.
Madhya Pradesh Home Minister Narottam Mishra said, “Under the new MP Freedom of Religion Bill 2020, forced conversion of a minor, woman or a person from Scheduled Caste or Scheduled Tribe, would draw a minimum jail term of 2-10 years with a minimum penalty of Rs 50,000.”
Mishra further said, “Under new Bill, forcing religious conversion on someone will attract 1-5 years of imprisonment and a minimum Rs 25,000 fine.”
After the approval by the cabinet, the bill will now be presented in the Madhya Pradesh Assembly for final passage.