UP may bring ordinance to check conversions

UP may bring ordinance to check conversions

LUCKNOW: Citing the rising number of religious conversions in the name of ‘love jihad’ in UP, the state government is likely to promulgate an ordinance against religious conversions soon.

“It’s in the process and Acts and laws of other states are being studied and discussed before UP has its own law against religious conversion,” confirmed a senior officer of the state’s law department.

At present, eight states have anti-conversion laws — Arunachal Pradesh, Odisha, Madhya Pradesh, Chhattisgarh, Gujarat, Himachal Pradesh, Jharkhand  and Uttarakhand. Odisha was the first state to enact this law in 1967, followed by Madhya Pradesh.

in 1968. “UP could soon become the ninth state,” said a law department source.

The recent trigger behind the move is a series of cases of ‘love-jihad’, the officer said, adding that 11 such cases are being probed in the Kanpur district alone. Recently, RSS chief Mohan Bhagwat had raised the issue of religious conversion during his two-day visit to Lucknow.

The anti-conversion laws in various states seek to prevent any person from converting or attempting to convert, either directly or otherwise, another person through ‘forcible’ or ‘fraudulent’ means, or by ‘allurement’ or ‘inducement’. “The UP’s law would be quite similar in nature which would make religious conversions a complex and cumbersome procedure,” the source said.

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