As other states engage in formulating laws to check love jihad, the Uttar Pradesh government is all set to bring an ordinance to restrain forced religious conversions.
A recent verdict from Allahabad high court said that “conversion just for the purpose of marriage is unacceptable.” CM Yogi in one of his by-poll rallies earlier this month reiterated the HC verdict and said that his government would not allow forced conversion of “daughters and sisters” in the name of marriage.
UP CM, Yogi Adityanath was among the first BJP leaders to raise a voice against “love jihad”. He has said on record that those indulging in such nefarious activities will face the harshest punishment.
On Friday, the state home department has sent a proposal to the department of law to formulate a stringent law against “love jihad”. The state law commission had first submitted the draft of a proposed bill against forcible religious conversions last year.
The proposed bill had recommended that both the marriage and conversion will be annulled if either of the parties was forced to convert their religion for marriage. It had also recommended a jail term between one and five years for the accused and of two to seven years in cases of forced conversion of SC/STs.
Shortly after the BJP-governed states of Uttar Pradesh, Haryana and Madhya Pradesh had proposed to enact laws curbing such marriages, Rajasthan Chief Minister, Ashok Gehlot accused the BJP government and its leaders of “manufacturing the word” to “divide the nation and disturb communal harmony”.
Reacting to his tweets, Union Jal Shakti minister Gajendra Singh Shekhawat accused the Rajasthan CM of promoting love jihad under the garb of personal liberty which goes out to speak of Congress’ “communal agenda.”