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UP Governor’s nod to Anti-Conversion Ordinance

Lucknow: Uttar Pradesh Governor Anandiben Patel has given her nod to much publicised anti-conversion Ordinance which has been brought by Yogi Adityanath government to prevent Love Jihad.

Official sources here on Saturday said that the Governor has given her assent on the Ordinance on Friday.

The notification of the Ordinance has been issued by the State home department on Saturday while a draft of the application for seeking permission for inter faith marriage has also been included in it.

The Uttar Pradesh Cabinet headed by Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath on Tuesday last passed ,”The Unlawful Conversion Prohibition Ordinance 2020″ to enforce the legislation in this regard making conversion through force, coercion, undue influence, deceit or by way of alluring into marriage in the category of cognizable and non-bailable offence.

“If the conversion has taken place, the onus of proof will lie on the person challenging these violations to have been caused by him or her. Also, the person will have to declare before the competent authority that he or she has not caused conversion through force, coercion, undue influence, deceit or by way of alluring into marriage with the sole purpose of conversion”.

According to the new law the inter faith couple will have to give notice 2 months before the marriage and District Magistrate (DM) permission is required for the marriage.

Inter religion marriage without permission will attract jail from 6 months to 3 years and minimum cash fine of Rs 10,000.

Covering up the original name before the marriage will attract 10 yrs imprisonment .

Officials said here that as the conversion has been provisioned to be a non-bailable and cognizable offence, the cases related to this will be tried in the court of the first class magistrate. As per the provision of the legislation, the marriages which are solemnised with a purpose of conversion may be declared null and void while in case of mass conversion the registration of certain organisations may be cancelled.

According to the new law the inter faith couple will have to give notice 2 months before the marriage and District Magistrate (DM) permission is required for the marriage.

Inter religion marriage without permission will attract jail from 6 months to 3 years and minimum cash fine of Rs 10,000.

In the cases where the conversion of women, members of SC and ST has been affected, there are provisions of strict punishment. The violation of the legal provisions will invite punishment from at least one year to maximum of five years and fine of Rs 15,000 while in the cases of women, and members of SC and ST, the jail punishment will be from 3 year to 5 year while the fine may be up to Rs 25,000.

In case of mass conversion, the jail term will not be less than 3 years and a maximum of ten years with pecuniary punishment to the tune of at least Rs 50,000.

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