UP govt to bring law against 'love jihad', proposal sent to state's law department


Uttar Pradesh Home Department has sent a proposal to the state's Department of Law to form a strict law against 'love jihad'.


Yogi Adityanath government in Uttar Pradesh has announced the state government will enact a strict law to check the cases of love jihad.

The Home department said that it has already sent a proposal to the Department of Law to seek its opinion.

"A strict law against 'love jihad' will soon be brought in the state. Home Department has sent a proposal to the Department of Law," the Home Department said in a statement on Friday.

Recently, Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath had announced that his government will bring a strict law to curb "love jihad" and forcible religious conversion, citing an Allahabad High Court's order.

Responding to a query in Lok Sabha in February this year, the Union Home Ministry had clarified the term 'love jihad' is not defined under the existing laws and no such case has been reported so far.

Earlier this week, the BJP govenments on Madhya Pradesh and Haryana announced to enact a law against love jihad. 

Madhya Pradesh government, led by Shivraj Singh Chouhan said that it will introduce Dharma Swatantrya (Religious Freedom) Bill 2020 in the next session of the state Assembly in view of the rising incidents of love jihad. 

State Home minister Narottam Mishra said that the proposed bill has a provision of a rigorous imprisonment for the period of five years for luring a person through fraud and forcing marriage by religious conversion. Such offence will be non-bailable.

The Haryana government said that a committee will be setup to draft a strict law against the menance.

State Home minister Anil Vij said that action will take place against any person who is found "indulging in religious conversion by pressuring, tempting someone or is involved in any kind of conspiracy or tries to do so in the name of love".

With inputs from agency

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