Ensuring alimony or upkeep for girls compelled into marriage for the aim of non secular conversion and a provision to declare such marriages null and void are a few of the clauses that can be a part of the Madhya Pradesh Freedom to Religion Bill, 2020, which is all set to be mentioned in a particular Cabinet session on Saturday, forward of being put up within the upcoming three-day winter session that may begin on December 28.
Once handed by the Assembly, the brand new legislation will exchange the prevailing MP Dharma Swatantrya Adhiniyam, 1968, legislation. The BJP authorities argues that the 1968 legislation is outdated and is being reworked in gentle of the expertise of the previous 50 years within the state concerning compelled conversions, with improved definitions and better penalties to ban such crimes, significantly compelled spiritual conversions on the pretext of marriage.
Under the brand new Bill, compelled conversions would draw a minimal jail time period of 5 years, going as much as life imprisonment, in case the particular person transformed is a minor or from a Scheduled Caste or Scheduled Tribe, and three years in any other case, with a minimal penalty of Rs 50,000.
However, not like the Uttar Pradesh Prohibition of Unlawful Religious 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.
Medical Education Minister Vishwas Sarang had demanded that frequent offenders in such instances be given greater penalty, however officers mentioned this might be the purview of courts.
Under the brand new MP Bill, a household court docket within the state can be empowered to declare marriages performed for the aim of non secular conversion null and void. The alimony in such instances could be granted as per Section 125 of the CrPC. In his interactions with mediapersons, Home Minister Narottam Mishra had mentioned they had been additionally exploring the opportunity of attaching the property of the accused.
The draft was scheduled to come back up for dialogue at a Cabinet assembly on December 22 however was deferred until a particular session on December 26 after Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan mentioned just a few solutions had been awaited.