Madhya Pradesh Home Minister Narottam Mishra on Tuesday asserted that Madhya Pradesh government will bring a bill against the most controversial alleged practice ‘Love Jihad’ in the ensuing Assembly session that will have the strict provisions of five years of rigorous imprisonment.
“One word ‘ Love Jihad’ is doing rounds. We are making preparations to introduce the Madhya Pradesh Freedom of Religion Bill, 2020 in Assembly. It will have provision for five years of rigorous imprisonment against those involved in forceful religious conversion and marriage by lure or fraud,” Mishra told correspondents.
“We are also proposing that such crimes be declared a cognisable and non-bailable offence. There will be provision to declare marriages taking place forcefully, out of fraud or by tempting someone, for religious conversion, null and void,” he unravelled the mystery of the bill against ‘Love Jihad’.
Making preparations to introduce Madhya Pradesh Freedom of Religion Bill, 2020 in Assembly. It'll provide for 5 yrs of rigorous imprisonment. We're also proposing that such crimes be declared a cognizable & non-bailable offence: MP Home Minister Narottam Mishra on 'Love Jihad' pic.twitter.com/N4NA7Js8Ai
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The Home Minister further stated that the bill will mandate the Religious Leader who is to be appointed for such religious conversion to inform the District Magistrate one month prior to the conversion date. “Under this, the person who has been converted, their parents/siblings will have to mandatorily file a complaint for action. Religious leader who is converting the person will have to inform District Magistrate one month in advance. We will introduce this Bill in the next session,” he said.
Notably, Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath had said that his administration will bring a severe law to prohibit “love jihad” and forcible religious conversion, referring to an Allahabad High Court order. Reacting to a question in Lok Sabha in February this year, the Union Home Ministry had clarified that the term ‘love jihad’ isn’t being defined under the laws currently in force in the country and no such case of “Love Jihad” has been reported up until now.