The Love Jihad Act passed by the Madhya Pradesh government has been challenged in the Supreme Court. The petitioner has demanded the quashing of it, saying it is unconstitutional. The Supreme Court had already issued notice on the petition challenging the Love Jihad Act passed by the Uttar Pradesh and Uttarakhand governments. It goes on to say that Madhya Pradesh Governor Anandiben Patel on Saturday approved an ordinance against the alleged Love Jihad. In this, a strict penalty has been provisioned for fraudulent conversion under the garb of marriage.
In the “Religious Freedom Act 2020” in Madhya Pradesh, there is a provision for imprisonment of ten years in some cases. Some of the provisions are similar to the ordinance issued by the BJP government of Uttar Pradesh, which is against fraudulent conversion. Additional Secretary of State Home Department Rajesh Rajaura said that after the approval of the Governor, this ordinance has been published in the Gazette notification. With this notification, this ordinance has become applicable in the state as a law. According to this, “Now forcibly, fearfully, intimidating, inducement, seduction, conversion and conversion, the person, institution or voluntary organization getting the complaint of marriage and marriage shall receive the complaint as per the provisions made in the Ordinance immediately.” Strict action will be ensured against him.
Through this law, a provision of imprisonment up to 10 years and a fine of up to 50 thousand rupees has been made in the case of marriage and conversion in any other fraudulent manner. There is another similarity in this law of Madhya Pradesh like the Uttar Pradesh Law Against Prosecution Prohibition Ordinance-2020, that any marriage that violates this law will be considered void. The BJP government of Madhya Pradesh adopted the path of ordinance because the bill in this regard could not be introduced in the House due to the postponement of the three-day winter session of the proposed state assembly from December 28 due to the current situation of Kovid-19.
The ordinance was approved by the state cabinet in its meeting held on 29 December. In this law, there is a provision for imprisonment of three to 10 years and a fine of Rs 50,000 in cases of marriage done by hiding their religion. Also, a provision of two to 10 years imprisonment and a fine of Rs 50,000 has been made in cases related to conversion of scheduled castes, scheduled tribes and minors. In this, parents, legal guardians or guardians and siblings of the person who converted may file a complaint in this regard. Along with this, people wishing to convert to this will need to apply to the district administration 60 days in advance. The aggrieved woman will be entitled to maintenance allowance under the law. Children born from such marriages will be entitled to father’s property.
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