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Madhya Pradesh to bring law against ‘love jihad’

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The BJP government in Madhya Pradesh led by Shivraj Singh Chouhan is contemplating to bring a law against ‘love jihad’. The state government is considering making it a non-bailable offence in Madhya Pradesh.

Madhya Pradesh’s home minister Narottam Mishra, on Tuesday, said that the state government will table a secular law in the upcoming Assembly session to check the problem of love jihad.

He said: “We are making preparations to introduce Madhya Pradesh Freedom of Religion Bill, 2020 in Assembly. It will provide for 5 years of rigorous imprisonment. We’re also proposing that such crimes be declared a cognizable and non-bailable offence.”

The minister further added that even those who assist others in doing ‘love jihad’ will also be held guilty under the new law and be punished accordingly. Not only that, those who force conversion after an interfaith marriage, they will also be held guilty under the anti-love jihad law of the Madhya Pradesh government.

For voluntary religious conversion, a person will have to apply one month in advance at the collector’s office to register the request.

Other states planning law against love jihad

Notably, Karnataka, Haryana and Uttar Pradesh are also contemplating to bring law against love jihad, whereas Himachal Pradesh has already a law in this regard.

A few weeks ago, Haryana Home Minister Anil Vij told the Vidhan Sabha that the state government is considering a law against ‘love jihad’ and has sought information from Himachal Pradesh, which has already passed a bill on this.

Himachal Pradesh assembly had last year passed a bill against conversion by force, inducement or through marriages solemnised for the “sole purpose” of adopting a new religion.

Love jihad is not defined under any law: Centre

In February this year, the Central government had told Parliament that the term “love jihad” is not defined under any existing law and no case has been reported by any central agency.

With this, the central government had for the first time officially distanced itself from the idea of right-wing religious groups using marriage as a ruse to convert women.

 

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