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World India’s Most Populous State Brings Law to Fight ‘Love Jihad’

09:40  25 november  2020
09:40  25 november  2020 Source:   bloomberg.com

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India ' s ruling Hindu nationalist party approved a decree in the country' s most populous state on Tuesday laying out prison terms for anyone compelling others to The move follows a campaign by hardline Hindu groups against some interfaith marriages that they describe as " love jihad ", Muslim

“ Love jihad is a word manufactured by BJP to divide the nation and disturb communal harmony.” he said. “Marriage is a matter of personal liberty (and) bringing a law to curb it is completely unconstitutional & it will not stand in any court of law …,” he had said on Twitter.

(Bloomberg) -- India’s most populous state has vowed to fight what it calls “love jihad” and has declared interfaith marriages illegal if the purpose is the religious conversion of the woman, in the latest move that could potentially further divide the South Asian nation along religious lines.

Yogi Adityanath looking at the camera: Yogi Adityanath on Tuesday approved the law that also proposes jail sentences as long as 10 years for offenders. © Photographer: LUDOVIC MARIN/AFP Yogi Adityanath on Tuesday approved the law that also proposes jail sentences as long as 10 years for offenders.

States led by Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s Hindu nationalist party call interfaith marriages “love jihad” -- a reference to an alleged conspiracy of Muslim men luring Hindu women into marriage for conversion. Ministers in the northern state of Uttar Pradesh, headed by the Bharatiya Janata Party’s firebrand priest Yogi Adityanath on Tuesday approved the law that also proposes jail sentences as long as 10 years for offenders.

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Chief minister Yogi Adityanath said his government will bring a strict law to stop love jihad and cited the Allahabad High Court’ s order stating conve. He added that the government would confiscate the properties of those indulging in ‘ love jihaad’ and put up their posters at crossings.

Love jihad is a term in circulation, people use it. Everything in the ordinance is within the purview of the Constitution and people’ s rights," said deputy chief Many experts reject these allegations and say that adult men and women are free to convert under the constitutional right to freedom of religion.

The heated election campaign rhetoric that’s turned into legislation has triggered a debate on whether such a law will curb religious and civil liberties guaranteed by the constitution of the world’s largest democracy. At least five BJP-ruled states have announced their intention to pass similar laws but until now, only Himachal Pradesh has enacted its Religious Freedom Act, which came into force last year.

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‘ Love jihad ’, Covid-19’ s impact on livelihoods and continuing protests by farmers against the Centre’ s new agriculture laws are some of the issues likely to dominate the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh’ s Daily news wrap: India slams Pak' s Gilgit move, Haryana mulls law against ' love jihad ' & more .

As the country sees a heated debate on ' love jihad ', Uttar Pradesh Law Commission' s chairperson Aditya Nath Mittal commented on the report on a religious conversion law . Mittal said that the report holds conversion by means of enticement, coercion, misrepresentation, promise of better education or

The new law requires a person seeking religious conversion ahead of marriage to send an application to the district magistrate, the top administrator in a district, two months in advance, a minister with the provincial government told the media on Tuesday according to the Indian Express newspaper.

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Doesn’t it also predict that India will see a GDP growth of 8.8% next year, making us the world’ s fastest growing economy and India will easily pull ahead of Bangladesh in per Possibility of banned radical organisations like PFI and SIMI being behind the funding of the ongoing ‘ Love Jihad racket’ in Kanpur.

The state is India ' s most populous with more than 222 million people - if it were a separate country, it would be the fifth largest in the world Cloth merchant Feroz Ahmad says he, in fact, voted for the BJP and now hopes that Yogi Adityanath will bring much -needed development to this backward town.

The legislation does not ban interfaith marriages except those for the sole purpose of conversion, but it will go a long way in discouraging mixed marriages as the couples may be harassed by the police and the authorities.

Mixed marriages, seen as essential to and an indicator of social harmony, are already rare in India. In the country’s capital city only 589 marriages were interfaith, out of 19,250 registered during the first nine months last year, according to official data reported by a news network News18. Another study on 15 year data till 2005 showed that only 2.2% of all women between the age of 15-49 had married outside their religion, according to Indian Express newspaper.

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It was never easy being an interfaith couple in India. Now some states are making it harder. .
Four Indian states are contemplating new laws to thwart such unions. Now politicians in India’s ruling party are contemplating laws to thwart such unions, driven by a conspiracy theory that views them as a tool for conversions.

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