LUCKNOW: Giving authorized tooth to his promise of a crackdown on forcible conversions amid a spiralling row over “love jihad”, Uttar Pradesh chief minister Yogi Adityanath and his cupboard handed the UP Prohibition of Illegal Spiritual Conversion ordinance on Tuesday.
The regulation makes pressured non secular conversion punishable within the state with a jail time period between one and 10 years and a high-quality stretching from Rs 15,000 to Rs 50,000. A wedding for the sake of conversion will likely be declared null and void.
The ordinance will likely be promulgated after the governor’s nod with the pandemic cloud over the winter session of the meeting.
Authorities spokesperson Sidharth Nath Singh mentioned the ordinance was essential to keep up regulation and order in UP and guarantee justice for ladies, particularly from SC/ST communities.
“The regulation was necessitated by the rising incidence of pressured conversions within the garb of marriage. Greater than 100 such instances have come to gentle. These conversions had been carried out with deceit and drive. This made it essential to usher in a regulation. There’s a excessive court docket order as properly which states non secular conversion for the sake of marriage is unlawful,” mentioned Singh.
As a punishment for indulging in pressured conversion, the ordinance lays down a jail time period of 1-5 years and a high-quality of Rs 15,000 for accused.
If minors or SC/ST ladies have been pressured to transform, the jail time period will increase to 3-10 years and the high-quality could be Rs 25,000. In case of group or mass conversion, the jail time period is 3-10 years and the high-quality slapped on the organisation engineering the act could be Rs 50,000, the ordinance states. The organisation’s licence would even be cancelled.
The onus of proving that the conversion was not forcible, not accomplished by means of deceit and never pushed for the sake of marriage, will relaxation on the one who carried out the conversion and the one who transformed.
If somebody willingly needed to transform for the sake of marriage, s/he must give a discover two months prematurely to the district Justice of the Peace involved, mentioned Singh. Failure to take action will invite a high-quality of a minimum of Rs 10,000 and a jail time period of six months to three years.
On October 31, whereas talking at an election rally in Jaunpur, Yogi Adityanath promised a strict regulation in opposition to “love jihad”, quoting an order from the Allahabad excessive court docket the place a single-bench decide mentioned non secular conversions just for the sake of marriage was unacceptable. Nevertheless, a two-judge bench of the identical court docket later noticed that the judgment was “dangerous in regulation”.