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UP governor clears anti-‘love jihad’ law

Eastern Times, New Delhi: The Uttar Pradesh government for the first time in the country brings into effect an ordinance against ‘love jihad’. Governor Anandiben Patel gave her approval to the ordinance on Saturday.

According to the ordinance, religious conversion done forcefully or with dishonest motive will be considered unlawful. This law has come into effect from Saturday onwards.

As per the law, forceful conversion of women belonging to scheduled caste and tribes will be considered unlawful and the violators will be sentenced to 3 to10 years of jail along with a fine of Rs 50,000.

According to the law, the UP government shall not tolerate any religious conversion for the sake of marriage.

However, a person willing to convert after the marriage shall have to appeal to the office of the District Magistrate.

At the same time, the Haryana government is planning to tow the same path as UP government. The Home Minister of Haryana, Anil Vij said that a committee of three-member has been set up to look into the matter and is in the process of drafting the ordinance against ‘love jihad’.

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