As much as 104 former IAS officers wrote a letter to Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath, urging him to withdraw the controversial anti-conversion ordinance.
Former bureaucrats expressed their concerns about how this new law against conversions, also dubbed as anti-love jihad law, made the state into a “the epicentre of politics of hate, division, and bigotry”.
People who signed the letter include former National Security Adviser Shivshankar Menon, former Foreign Secretary Nirupama Rao, and former Adviser to the Prime Minister TKA Nair.
In their letter to CM, they mentioned how "a series of heinous atrocities committed by your administration against young Indians across Uttar Pradesh... Indians who are simply seeking to live their lives."
They want the CM to uphold the constitution of India.
The UP governor approved the UP Prohibition of Unlawful Conversion of Religion Ordinance, 2020, against forcible or fraudulent religious conversions last month.
Under this law, over 14 cases have been filed and 49 arrests have been made, out of that only two complaints have been made by women against forced conversions.
Calls against love-jihad became intense after a woman named Nikita Tomar was killed by her ex-boyfriend for refusing to convert to Islam.
The law is against forced conversions for the sake of marriage and mostly is directed at Hindu women and Muslim men.
The Union Minister Rajnath Singh weighed in on the anti-conversion law by stating that he does not personally approve of the process of converting the religion for the sake of marriage.
He said that Muslims are not permitted to marry outside their religion.