The state of Uttar Pradesh has become the first one to introduce an anti-love jihad law. After the Governor Anandiben Patel promulgated the UP Prohibition of Unlawful Conversion of Religion Ordinance 2020 the state government brought in an anti-love jihad law. The law is expected to curb or stop the forcible or ‘dishonest’ religious conversions. If any such instance is reported then it will result in strict action from the authorities. The law became applicable from today in the state of Uttar Pradesh.
The progress came days after Uttar Pradesh state government approved a draft ordinance to curb the forcible or ‘dishonest’ religious conversions. The ordinance also includes the conversions that are made for the sake of marriage. The violation of this rule can lead the offender in jail for 10 years.
Key features of the anti-love jihad law:
- Marriage for the only purpose of converting a girl’s religion will be declared as null or void. The punishment will result in jail for up to ten years.
- Forcible conversion of religion, those including through marriage, will be resulting in a punishment consisting a jail term of about one to five years and a penalty of Rs 15,000. If the girl belongs to a minor caste or community or Scheduled Caste or Scheduled Tribe then the offence will result in a jail term of up to three to ten years with a penalty of Rs 25,000.
- Large-scale conversions will lead to a jail term of about three to ten years and a penalty of Rs 50,000 based on the organizations that performed the conversion.
- If someone is willing to convert their religion after marriage, then the person is expected to submit an application to the District Magistrate two months in advance.
Yodi Adityanth had earlier informed that his government will come forward with a law to deal with the issue of love-jihad. He said, “We will bring an effective law. It is my warning to those who play with the honor and dignity of sisters and daughters by hiding their real names and identities. If they do not mend their ways, their ‘Ram Naam Satya’ journey will start.”