UP Passes Love Jihad Law, Punishment Up To 10 Years For Offenders

The Yogi Adityanath run state became the first to pass an ordinance to check forcible and fraudulent inter-faith marriages for the purpose of conversions, by imposing a punishment of 10 years in jail for the culprits

Raghav N

November 25, 2020

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A draft ordinance was cleared by the Uttar Pradesh cabinet on Tuesday in a step towards its elimination of Love Jihad from the state. Under the new rule, offenders will invite a jail term of three to 10 years and a fine of 50,000 rupees if they are found guilty of unlawful religious conversions and inter-faith marriages with the sole intention of changing a girl’s religion. Further, such unions will be declared as null and void by the administration. This will also be applicable for community marriages as well as such bodies that promote this phenomenon.

According to the Yogi Adityanath government, forcible conversions and cases of it through cheating such as changing names by imposters will be a non-bailable offence.

With this, UP becomes the first state to tighten its screw on the region’s inter-faith marriages. The administration has defended its decision to implement this law to protect women and young girls from being cheated by phonies and influencers of a certain community. Alleging that more than 100 such cases of fraudulent relationships were reported till recently, a spokesperson cited that this is an important step in also securing women of the scheduled castes and scheduled tribes (SC, ST).

Apart from UP, at least another four states including Assam, Madhya Pradesh and Haryana are gearing up in their war against coerced inter-religious marriages by putting guidelines in place to keep culprits in check.

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