UP's 'Love Jihad' law in effect from today, Governor clears ordinance
Responsibility to prove conversion was not carried out forcefully, or via other inappropriate means, depends upon the person accused of such conversions.
Lucknow: Three days after the Uttar Pradesh Cabinet cleared the ordinance to bring in the Prohibition of Unlawful Conversion of Religion Ordinance 2020 against what the Bharatiya Janata Party calls ‘love jihad’, Governor Anandiben Patel promulgated the law, giving it a more definitive power.
Love Jihad Law
The UP Cabinet cleared the ordinance on November 24 (Tuesday) shortly after the Allahabad High Court upheld the right to freedom of choice of individuals and put down its own earlier order in which it had stated that conversion for the sake of marriage was not acceptable.
The new law mandates the imprisonment of the person accused between one-five years if convicted of carrying out forceful conversions for marriage. Forced conversion will be a non-bailable offence.
“We saw that the religious conversions were part of ‘love jihad’ conspiracy. There is a big conspiracy behind these conversions which was unravelled by our security agencies,” UP Minister Mohsin Raza had said earlier this week.
Jail term of minimum 1 year up to 5 years, or Rs 15,000 fine (in normal cases)
Further, Jail term of minimum 3 years and maximum 10 years. And fine of Rs 25,000 (if the girl is a minor or from the SC/ST community)
Jail term of minimum 3 years up to 10 years, and Rs 50,000 fine (in case of mass religious conversion)
Other salient features
Criminalises forceful, inappropriate conversion for marriage into another religion, especially minors and women from SC/ST community
Strict action to be taken against organisations that carry out mass conversions
Responsibility to prove conversion was not carried out forcefully, or via other inappropriate means. It depends upon the person accused of such conversions
For any conversion into another religion, individuals will have to pledge before a designated officer that such an act was not carried out by forced means or inappropriate measures.