MP cabinet approves ‘love jihad law’, forced conversion will invite 10-year-jail term, penalty

Madhya Pradesh follows in the footsteps of Uttar Pradesh, the first state was to approve a bill against forced conversion, in proposing a law against what nationalist leaders refer to as ‘Love Jihad’.

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Shivraj Singh Chouhan

New Delhi: The Madhya Pradesh cabinet on Saturday approved the ‘love jihad’ law or the MP Freedom of Religion Bill 2020 after a special meeting chaired by the chief minister. The new law will invite 2-10 years of imprisonment and a fine of Rs 1 lakh for conversion through marriage or by any other fraudulent means.

Madhya Pradesh Home Minister Narottam Mishra said, “Under the new MP Freedom of Religion Bill 2020, forced conversion of a minor, woman or a person from Scheduled Caste or Scheduled Tribe, would draw a minimum jail term of 2-10 years with a minimum penalty of Rs 50,000.”

Madhya Pradesh follows in the footsteps of Uttar Pradesh, the first state was to approve a bill against forced conversion, in proposing a law against what nationalist leaders refer to as ‘Love Jihad’.

He claimed that once enforced, this will be the most stringent law in the country against religious conversion carried out by fraudulent means, allurement or threat. After the approval by the cabinet, the bill will now be presented in the state Assembly. “This bill will replace the Religious Freedom Act of 1968 (after the approval by the state Assembly),” he said.

We won’t allow forced conversions in Madhya Pradesh. Under new bill, anyone who does it will face jail term up to 10 yrs & minimum Rs 50,000 fine. Many incidents came to light where minor girls were converted, married & made to contest Panchayat polls,  said MP CM Shivraj Singh Chouhan

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