Madhya Pradesh Freedom of Religion Bill, 2021 passed in Assembly
Bhopal: The Madhya Pradesh Freedom of Religion Bill, 2021 was passed in the Assembly on Monday. The bill replaces the government ordinance promulgated in January to check religious conversions through any fraudulent means.
The bill had provisions of 10 years imprisonment in some cases and hefty fine for violators. The bill, which received Governor Anandiben Patel’s on January 9, penalises religious conversions through fraudulent means, including those for the sake of marriage.
As many as 23 cases were registered under the ordinance within a month of it coming into force, state Home Minister Narottam Mishra said. He had said the highest number of seven cases were reported in the Bhopal division followed by five in Indore, four each in Jabalpur and Rewa, and three in the Gwalior division.
In Bhopal, a missionary school principal was booked under the new anti-conversion law after a teacher alleged that she forced her to convert. The female teacher alleged that the accused harassed her.
Final nail in the ‘love jihad’ coffin?
Apparently, the bill aims to drive a final nail in the ‘love jihad’ coffin. Love jihad is a term used to define the relationship between Muslim men and Hindu women by some Hindu activists, who believe that Muslim men marry women belonging to non-Muslim communities for conversion.
Our government belongs to everyone – all religions and castes. There is no discrimination but if someone tries to do anything disgusting with our daughters, then I will break you. If someone plots religious conversion or does anything like ‘love jihad’, you will be destroyed,” Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan had said.
The Bill was passed in the Assembly on the line of law passed by Uttar Pradesh which has similar provisions.
Courtesy : Times Now News