UP Govt brings law against conversion for marriage, up to 10 yrs jail for violators
   Date :25-Nov-2020

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THE Uttar Pradesh Government on Tuesday approved a draft ordinance to deal with religious conversion for the sake of marriage, which could land violators in jail for up to 10 years. In recent weeks, BJP-run States like Uttar Pradesh, Haryana and Madhya Pradesh have revealed plans to enact laws to counter alleged attempts to convert Hindu women to Islam in the guise of marriage, which Hindu activists refer to as “love jihad”. “The way in which religious conversions are done using deceit, lies, force and dishonesty is heart wrenching, and it was necessary to have a law in this regard,” Cabinet Minister and UP Government spokesperson Sidharth Nath Singh said.
He said punishment under the new law is a jail term from one and five years, and a fine of Rs 15,000. But if the woman involved is a minor or belongs to a SC or a ST, the jail term would range from three to 10 years, he said. The fine would increase to Rs 25,000. “In the case of mass conversions, the punishment is from three years to 10 years and a fine of Rs 50,000 on the organisations which indulge in it,” the Minister told reporters. State Cabinet gave its nod to the ordinance.