Amid protests by the Opposition, the Uttar Pradesh Legislative Assembly on Wednesday handed by voice vote a invoice geared toward curbing non secular conversions by fraudulent or every other undue means, together with by means of marriage.
The Uttar Pradesh Prohibition of Unlawful Conversion of Religion Bill, 2021 seeks to interchange the ordinance promulgated in November final yr that gives for imprisonment as much as 10 years and a most effective of Rs 50,000 for violators.
The invoice was handed within the House whilst Aradhana Misra, the Congress Legislative Party chief and Lalji Verma, the chief of BSP within the Assembly, protested.
Under the invoice, a wedding will likely be declared “null and void” if the conversion is solely for that objective, and people wishing to vary their faith after marriage want to use to the district Justice of the Peace.
The invoice primarily envisages that no individual shall convert, both instantly or not directly from one faith to a different by use or apply of misrepresentation, drive, undue affect, coercion, allurement or by any fraudulent means or by marriage nor shall any individual abet, persuade or conspire such conversion.
The onus to show that the conversion has not been accomplished forcibly will lie on the individual accused of the act and the convert, it mentioned.
An aggrieved individual, his/her mother and father, brother, sister, or every other one that is said to him/her by blood, marriage or adoption might lodge an FIR about such conversion, in response to the invoice.
BJP leaders had mentioned the laws intends to counter alleged makes an attempt to transform Hindu ladies to Islam within the guise of marriage, which right-wing Hindu activists check with as ”love jihad”.