The Gujarat government is all set to amend the Gujarat Freedom of Religion Act, 2003 to impose stricter consequences against forced religious conversions through marriage. Reportedly, the amendment bill proposed in the state assembly on March 29 comes with a five-year jail term and Rs 2-lakh penalty on the forced religious conversion of women. Notably, the amendment is in line with the ‘Love Jihad’ laws passed by the MP and UP governments.… read-more
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Madhya Pradesh state assembly on March 8 passed 'Freedom of Religion Bill 2021' through voice vote. Aimed at providing freedom of religion, the bill prohibits religious conversions by force or any kind of spurious means. Moreover, a few provisions in the law allow imprisoning of the offender for up to ten years. Interestingly, the move came after Uttar Pradesh and Haryana passed anti-conversion laws, touted as 'love jihad.’
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Gujarat Home Minister Pradipsinh Jadeja has affirmed that the state will introduce a bill to counter 'love jihad' in its month-long budget session that started on March 1. Jadeja said, "The (Dharma Swatantrata) bill will prohibit and provision punishments for conversion by misinterpretation, under influence, coercion, marriage or any fraudulent means." As of now, two BJP ruled states - Uttar Pradesh and Madhya Pradesh have already passed… read-more
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Granting police protection to an interfaith couple, the Allahabad High Court has affirmed that "nobody is entitled to interfere" in the peaceful life of two adults residing consensually. The court's observation, concerning the Muslim man and Hindu woman who converted to Islam, is noteworthy in the backdrop of the UP government's recently-passed 'love jihad' ordinance. The ordinance prescribes 10-year imprisonment and ₹ 25,000 forfeiture… read-more
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Uttar Pradesh’s Muzaffarnagar police have withdrawn charges against two brothers - Nadeem and Salman - who were previously charged under contentious 'Love Jihad' law. The brothers were accused of unlawfully forcing a woman to change her religion, following which an FIR was filed against them in Mansurpur police station. However, SHO Dharmendra Pal has informed the police have given the duo a clean chit due to the absence of evidence.
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The Supreme Court agreed to hear pleas questioning the constitutional validity of the 'Love Jihad' laws on January 6. The apex court stated that it would hear pleas and arrive at a resolution rather than staying the implementation of the laws at present. Reportedly, the plea was filed by advocate Vishal Thakre, an NGO Citizen for Justice and Peace, and others. Earlier, the laws were passed in three states including Uttar Pradesh.
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Through an open letter addressed to CM Yogi Adityanath, a group of 104 retired IAS officers has condemned the 'love jihad' law that aims to halt forcible religious conversions. The bureaucrats demanded to "re-educate" police and politicians of the state about the Constitution. “You can pose no greater threat to the nation than by turning its own citizens against one another,” the letter read. It also sought the Courts' intervention "to stem… read-more
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Madhya Pradesh becomes the third state among the Indian states to pass the 'Freedom Of Religion Bill 2020' in-order to prevent the forceful religious conversions. "The forceful conversion will attract 1-5 yrs of imprisonment and a minimum Rs 25,000 fine," said MP Home Minister Narottam Mishra. Also, incase of a minor or woman or someone from Scheduled Tribe will lead to 2-10 years imprisonment and minimum penalty of up to Rs 50,000.
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Uttar Pradesh's Bijnor police have arrested a teenage Muslim boy and charged him against the controversial "love jihad" law. Arrested on December 15, the police accused the boy of attempting to convert a 16-year-old Hindu girl. While the girl's father has made a complaint, the girl and her mother have denied the conversion charges. Meanwhile, the police have stated that the girl was kidnapped by the boy and escaped somehow.
The family members of Owais Ahmed, who was arrested under UP's newly passed anti-conversion law that targets 'love jihad', said the state police had forced the bride's family to file the FIR. Owais' father Mohammad Rafeeq said, "They [Police] beat me up and might be threatening the woman's family too." However, Bareilly (Range) DIG Rajesh Pandey has denied the allegations and said that the case was registered on merit.
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