Love jihad: Mayawati asks UP government to reconsider new anti-conversion law

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Bahujan Samaj Party president Mayawati has said that the new anti-conversion law has been brought in haste in Uttar Pradesh, which has many apprehensions. Mayawati has urged the UP government to reconsider this law.

In a tweet on Monday, Mayawati said, “The proselytizing ordinance brought by the UP government in the face of love jihad is full of apprehension, whereas forcible and deceitful conversion anywhere in the country is neither recognized nor accepted. Many laws are already effective in this regard. Government should reconsider this, this demand of BSP. “

Mayawati’s remarks come at a time when the first case under this law has been registered in Uttar Pradesh.

In Lucknow, Tikaram, a resident of Deoranian village in Bareilly district, lodged a complaint in the police station that a young man from the village is pressurizing his daughter to convert her. The police has registered a case on Tikaram’s complaint.

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Bareilly district SP countryside doctor Sansar Singh said, “The accused had driven the girl away. A case was also filed against him earlier. There has been a complaint from the family of the victim girl that the boy is pressing for conversion and marriage. A case has been registered against him under the new ordinance. The boy is absconding but he will be arrested soon. “

Uttar Pradesh Governor Anandiben Patel has approved the Uttar Pradesh Unlawful Prosecution Prohibition Act, 2020 wherein forcible or fraudulent conversion and marriage can be punished with imprisonment for 10 years and a fine of up to Rs 50,000 in various categories. 

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After the approval of the Governor, the notification of the Uttar Pradesh Unlawful Prohibition of Religion Act, 2020 was released on Saturday.

A few hours after the governor approved the act, on Saturday, Samajwadi Party President and former Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav said in response to a question by journalists that when the bill is introduced in the Assembly, his party will completely oppose it. 

He said that SP is not in favor of any such law. He said that the government is promoting inter-caste and inter-caste marriages on the one hand and making such laws on the other side, then why is this double treatment?

Significantly, the Act can remain in effect for six months and it will be necessary to bring a bill in the Legislative Assembly to enact a law within this period. The act was approved in the cabinet meeting last Tuesday under the chairmanship of Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath. 

In this, a provision of 10 years imprisonment and fine is made for deceit, fraud, seduction or forced conversion to marriage.

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Muslim scholars have also started giving their feedback in this matter. According to the news received from Basti district on Monday, Mufti Akhtar Hussain of Madrasa Alimia Jamdashahi said that the state government is going to enact a law against the so-called love jihad that does not lead to conversion, then Muslims should be thanked because Islam Is also against such work.

He said that love jihad has no existence (existence) in Islam, but this word was also never used. Islam does not allow non-Muslims to marry. Islam is against forceful conversion in any way. Mufti Akhtar Hussain also said that governments are only complicit.