Days after approaching the Union Law Ministry for the proposed law against ‘love jihad’, the Uttar Pradesh Cabinet, on Tuesday, cleared the ‘Love jihad’ ordinance.
The passing of the executive order from the state cabinet comes in less than a month after Chief Minister Adityanath cited an Allahabad High Court order on religious conversion for marriage to raise the issue of “love jihad”
UP Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath had earlier asked officials to formulate a strategy and bring in the ordinance to prevent religious conversions in the name of love. The state Bharatiya Janata Party government had declared it would bring a tough law to tackle what right-wing outfits call ‘love jihad’.
The ordinance provides for a jail term of 1-5 years with Rs 15,000 penalty for forceful religious conversion. For conversions of minors and women of SC/SC community, there will be jail term of 3-10 years with Rs 25,000 penalty.