In Yogi’s UP, ‘love jihad’ violators will be jailed for upto 10 years, Governor promulgates ordinance
UP Governor promulgated the ordinance today. This comes after Yogi Adityanath Cabinet on Nov 24 cleared the Ordinance, proposing maximum punishment of 10 years for “love jihad” related offences.
New Delhi: Uttar Pradesh Governor Anandiben Patel on Saturday promulgated the UP Prohibition of Unlawful Conversion of Religion Ordinance 2020.
This comes after Yogi Adityanath Cabinet on November 24 cleared the Ordinance, proposing a maximum punishment of 10 years for “love jihad” related offences.
On Tuesday, Uttar Pradesh Cabinet Minister Siddharth Nath Singh had informed about the state cabinet’s decision to introduce an ordinance against unlawful religious conversions.
“There were more than 100 incidents reported in which forceful religious conversion was being done. Also, it was reported religious conversions were going on in the state using deceitful means. So to make a law on this becomes an important matter of policy now,” Siddharth Nath Singh told media persons.
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The new law mandates for jail term of the accused between one to five years, with Rs 15,000 penalty, if convicted for carrying out forceful conversions for marriage.
“For conversions of minors and women of SC/ST community, there will be a jail term of 3-10 years with Rs 25,000 penalty,” Singh said.
Jail term and penalty under ‘Love Jihad’ law
# Offenders will get 1 – 5 years jail term with minimum fine of Rs 15,000 for forced conversion
# 3-10 years of prison for conversion of minors and women from SC/ST community
# For forced mass conversions, offenders will get jail term of 3-10 years and Rs 50,000 penalty
# Interfaith couples getting married will have to inform District Magistrates 2 months in advance. Violation of law will attract 6 months – 3 years of jail term and Rs 10,000 fine.
# Marriage will be annulled if found to have involved forced religious conversions