February 25, 2021

MP Clears ‘Love Jihad’ Legislation, 5-year Jail for Pressured Conversion, Double Penalty if ‘Sufferer’ is SC/ST

The Madhya Pradesh Cupboard authorised the invoice in opposition to forceful inter-faith conversions — or the so-called “love jihad” — amid comparable step being taken by Uttar Pradesh just lately.

“Beneath new Invoice, forcing non secular conversion on somebody will entice one to 5 years of imprisonment and a minimal Rs 25,000 nice. Pressured conversion of a minor, girl or an individual from Scheduled Caste or Scheduled Tribe, would draw a minimal jail time period of 2-10 years with a minimal penalty of Rs 50,000,” stated Madhya Pradesh House Minister Narottam Mishra.

After the approval by the cupboard, the invoice will now be offered within the state Meeting. The brand new Act is about to switch the prevailing MP Dharma Swatantrya Adhiniyam, 1968, legislation. In accordance with a report in Indian Categorical, the BJP authorities argues that the 1968 legislation is outdated and is being reworked in gentle of the expertise of the previous 50 years within the state relating to pressured conversions, with improved definitions and better penalties to ban such crimes, notably pressured non secular conversions on the pretext of marriage.

Nevertheless, not like the Uttar Pradesh Prohibition of Illegal Spiritual Conversion Ordinance, underneath the MP legislation, an individual changing of his personal free will doesn’t need to report it to the district Justice of the Peace. In case an individual approaches a priest for such a conversion although, the priest involved has to tell the district administration.

Any marriage solemnized just for the aim of changing an individual shall be thought of null and void underneath the provisions of this proposed laws, he stated. A provision can also be being made that these prepared to transform want to use earlier than the district administration two months prior, Mishra stated.