UP cabinet approves ordinance against religious conversions for marriage
Published : Tuesday, 24 November, 2020 at 10:03 PM Count : 157
The Uttar Pradesh government on Tuesday approved the draft of a stringent law to deal with religious conversion for the sake of marriage, which BJP leaders refer to as "love jihad," reports PTI.
An official spokesperson said the approval for the ordinance was given at a meeting of the state cabinet chaired by Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath in Lucknow.
The ordinance provides for a jail term of 1-5 years with Rs 15,000 penalty for forceful religious conversion. For conversions of minors and women of SC/SC community, there will be jail term of 3-10 years with Rs 25,000 penalty.
"In cases of forced mass conversions, the ordinance provides for jail term of three-10 years with Rs 50,000 penalty. If a person wants to perform marriage after converting into any other religion, they will need to take permission from district magistrate two months before marriage," Uttar Pradesh cabinet minister Siddharth Nath Singh said.
After Madhya Pradesh and Haryana, UP is the third such state which announced the enactment of a legislation to check “love jihad”.
The move comes after the state Law Commission submitted a report on the subject to Adityanath last year, along with a draft 'Uttar Pradesh Freedom of Religion Act, 2019', proposing that "conversion done for the sole purpose of marriage to be declared null and void."