- The Gujarat Freedom of Religion (Amendment) Act 2021, popularly known as anti-love jihad law, had been cleared by majority vote in the state Assembly on April 1 and later approved by Governor
Gandhinagar: The Gujarat Freedom of Religion (Amendment) Act 2021, popularly known as the ‘anti-love jihad law’, will come into effect from Tuesday, June 15. The Act had been approved by Governor Acharya Devvrat after it was passed in the recently concluded Budget session.
After its approval, Chief Minister Vijay Rupani had, in a statement, said, “The Gujarat Freedom of Religion (Amendment) Act will address the social issue of love jihad.” At that time, he had said that the Act would be implemented on June 15.
Home and Law minister Pradipsinh Jadeja had termed fraudulent and forced conversions as a law and order situation.
What the law states
The Bill that amended the 2003 law had been cleared in the state Assembly on April 1 by majority vote. According to this Act, forcible or fraudulent religious conversion would be termed null and void and those involved would face punishment up to five years and fine of up to Rs 2 lakh.
In case of minor victim, Dalit or tribal, the guilty will face punishment between four and seven years and a fine of at least Rs 3 lakh.
Anyone who aids religious conversion of another person in the name of love and marriage will also be held quilty.
Offences under this Act have been made non-bailable.
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