“We will bring a legislation against ‘love jihad’ through Madhya Pradesh Dharma Swatantrya Vidheyak in the coming session of assembly. The bill will have provisions of rigorous imprisonment up to five years on forcible marriage, seduction and forced conversions,” Mishra told reporters on Tuesday.
“The act also proposes that the offence be cognizable and non-bailable. Provisions will also be made to declare the forced marriage and conversions as null and void. Action will also be proposed against the collaborator in forcible conversions like the main accused,” Mishra further added.Mishra said that the district magistrate will have to be informed one month in advance for voluntary conversions for marriage by both the person concerned and the conversant.
After Haryana and Uttar Pradesh, Madhya Pradesh will be the third BJP-ruled state that is planning to bring strict law against ‘love jihad’, a slur politically used by right wing activists to refer to the alleged campaign of Muslims forcing Hindu girls to convert in the guise of love.
Earlier on November 2, chief minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan had said that his government is considering to prepare a legal format to curb ‘love jihad’ in the state.
“There will be no jihad (struggle) in the name of love and if anybody dares, then action will be taken. We are making legal arrangements to control this,” Chouhan had said a day ahead of voting for 28 seats in Madhya Pradesh bypolls.
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