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UP ‘love jihad’ law completes one month: About 35 arrests, dozen FIRs

Nearly a dozen FIRs have been lodged since the Prohibition of Unlawful Conversion of Religion Ordinance, 2020, was notified on November 27.

Shivani Arora

Shivani AroraBy Shivani Arora

Published on 26 Dec 2020 10:49 AM GMT

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The Uttar Pradesh police have made more than one arrest a day since the controversial anti-conversion ordinance came into effect a month ago, having apprehended about 35 people so far. Nearly a dozen FIRs have been lodged since the Prohibition of Unlawful Conversion of Religion Ordinance, 2020, was notified on November 27.

Eight arrests were made from Etah, seven from Sitapur, four from Greater Noida. Also, three each from Shahjahanpur and Azamgarh. In addition, two each from Moradabad, Muzaffarnagar, Bijnor and Kannauj and one each from Bareilly and Hardoi, officials said here. The first case was registered in Bareilly just a day after the legislation came into force.

'Ram Naam Satya Hai’

Addressing bypoll rallies in Jaunpur and Deoria, Adityanath had used the Hindu funeral chant of ‘Ram Naam Satya Hai’ to threaten those who do not respect daughters and sisters.

The ordinance aimed at curbing forcible or fraudulent religious conversions, including those for the sake of marriage. Got the assent of UP Governor Anandiben Patel just within days of the state cabinet approving its draft.

Love Jihad:

The law provides for a jail term of up to 10 years for any violations. Under the law, which deals with different categories of offences. A marriage will be declared “null and void” if the conversion of a woman is solely for that purpose.

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The onus to prove that the conversion has not been done forcibly will lie on the accused and the convert.

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