Uttar Pradesh Legislative Assembly passed the Prohibition of the Unlawful Religious Conversion Bill, 2021 by voice vote.
Previously, the state cabinet had approved a draft ordinance to cease forced or ‘dishonest’ religious conversions, including those for the sake of marriage, which could land violators in jail for up to 10 years.
The unlawful conversion bill includes clauses capable of placing criminals in prison for up to five years. Apart from the prison sentence, the ordinance also allows for a fine of Rs 15,000 for a forced religious conversion. There will be a penalty of Rs 25.000 and prison terms for the conversion of minors and women of the SC/ST community,
Previously, Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath had proclaimed that his government would incorporate a law to handle with ‘love jihad’ and used the Hindu funeral chant ‘Ram Naam Satya Hai’ to threaten those who do not respect their daughters and sisters.
Several states, including Arunachal Pradesh, Odisha, Madhya Pradesh, Chhattisgarh, Gujarat, Himachal Pradesh, Jharkhand, and Uttarakhand, already have in place “anti-conversion laws” that regulate religious conversion.