Now a stricter bill passed on 'love jihad' by Gujrat assembly

The above image is taken from The Times of India.

Many states like Uttar Pradesh, Himachal Pradesh, Uttarakhand, Madhya Pradesh, Arunachal Pradesh, Chhattisgarh, Jharkhand, and Odisha have enacted anti-conversion laws while states like Haryana and Karnataka are still acting upon these stringent laws.

The Gujarat assembly passed a bill proposing amendments to the Gujarat Freedom of religion Act, 2003 paving the way for more strict punishment for forced religious conversions through marriage. The amendment bill provides for up to 10 years of jail for ‘fraudulent’ or ‘forced’ conversion by marriage. The BJP government in Gujarat claimed that ‘love jihad’ or forced conversion had become a major law and order issue. On the concluding day of its Budget Session, the Bharatiya Janata Party-led Gujarat Assembly on Thursday, 1 April, passed a bill to amend the Dharma Swatantrya (Freedom of Religion) Act 2003, reported agency IANS. The new amendments were introduced to enforce stricter rules for penalizing unlawful religious conversion through marriage, commonly termed by the right-wing because of the ‘Love Jihad’ law. Asserting that he does not support forceful religious conversion, Khedawala alleged this bill targets only the Muslim community. Though Congress voted against the bill, the bill was passed with an absolute majority. As BJP includes a cushy majority within the House. The anti-Love Jihad legislation will become a law after receiving the assent of Gujarat Governor Acharya Devvrat.

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