Law & Governance

Gujarat Next State To Pass Law Against Forced Conversions

BP World Bureau | Apr 02 2021 03:24:03 PM
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Gujarat has become the next state to pass the controversial law against forced conversions also dubbed as "anti-love jihad" law. 

Gujarat assembly passed a bill that amends the 2003 Freedom of Religion Act seeks to curb the “emerging trend in which women are lured to marriage for the purpose of religious conversion."

Other states that adopted this law include Odisha, Arunachal Pradesh, Chhattisgarh, Madhya Pradesh, Jharkhand, Himachal Pradesh, and Uttarakhand.

Bill makes the offence punishable for 3-10 years in jail along with a fine of up to Rs 5 lakh and punishment is more severe if the "victim" is a minor, Dalit or tribal. 

Gujarat Home Minister Pradipsinh Jadeja said that the law is meant to protect girls from religious conversion disguised as marriage.

Calls for anti-love jihad law had been going on where Right Wing groups claimed that Muslim men are seducing and luring non-Muslim (mostly Hindus) women into marriage for the sake of religious conversion.

Several sections, notably Uttar Pradesh state leadership, called for the law after the murder of a woman named Nikita Tomar by her boyfriend for turning down his proposal.

Two men who killed Tomar last year have been sentenced to life imprisonment. 

Tomar's family alleged that the two men have been harassing her for two years and also urged her to convert.