The Gujarat authorities in all probability will desk a Invoice to amend the ‘Dharma Swatantrya’ (Freedom of Faith) Act, 2003 within the ongoing Price range session of the Meeting to fight forceful non secular conversions, higher generally known as ‘Love Jihad’. The modification will search to ban and punish non secular conversions promising a greater existence, divine blessings, and impersonation.
After Uttar Pradesh and Madhya Pradesh Pradesh handed an ordinance prohibiting pressured non secular conversion to test what it calls ‘Love Jihad’, Gujarat can also be prone to introduce a Invoice to punish those that forcefully convert women on the pretext of marriage.
“The modification to the Dharma Swatantrya (Non secular Freedom) Invoice will probably be introduced within the ongoing Price range session with sure modifications to fight ‘Love Jihad’,” Gujarat House Minister Pradipsinh Jadeja had instructed the press earlier.
The Gujarat Freedom of Faith Act (2003) seeks to take care of non secular conversion by means of allurement, drive or by misrepresentation or by some other fraudulent means. Nonetheless, the state authorities believes that there have additionally been episodes of non secular conversion promising higher life-style, divine blessings and impersonation. There may be an rising pattern the place girls are lured to marriage for the aim of non secular conversion, mentioned the state authorities.
In response to the provisions of the proposed modification, whoever is discovered to be finishing up such non secular conversions by marriage, or getting an individual married or by aiding an individual to get married, shall be punished with imprisonment of not lower than three years and as much as 5 years and also will be liable to pay a superb of Rs 2 lakh.
If the wedding is in respect of a minor, a girl or an individual from the SC or ST group, the punishment shall be imprisonment of a minimal of 4 years to a most of seven years and a superb of Rs three lakh.
Additional, any such marriage carried out for the aim of illegal conversion by the individual of 1 faith with the individual of one other faith, both by changing himself or herself earlier than or after marriage, shall be declared void by the household courtroom or some other comparable courtroom.
The provisions of the proposed modification additional states that if any establishment or organisation is discovered to be answerable for or chargeable for such marriage, it shall be punished with imprisonment of minimal three years and as much as 10 years and a superb of as much as Rs 5 lakh.
Furthermore, the provisions say that the burden to show non secular conversion was not affected by means of misrepresentation, drive, undue affect, coercion, allurement or some other fraudulent means shall lie on the accused and his or her facilitators.
The offence of such non secular conversion by means of marriage shall be thought-about cognisable and non-bailable and shall be investigated by an official above the rank of a Deputy Superintendent of Police (DSP).
“The Invoice will prohibit and supply punishment for conversion by misrepresentation, undue affect, coercion, marriage or any fraudulent means. The Invoice goals to regulate the menace of ‘Love Jihad’. It would punish all those that attempt to cheat women by altering names,” Jadeja had instructed the reporters earlier than the Price range session.
Gujarat Chief Minister Vijay Rupani had additionally mentioned at a rally in Vadodara earlier than the native physique elections that the modalities for a legislation in opposition to ‘Love Jihad’ have been put in place.
Most likely, the Invoice will probably be tabled on April 1, the final day of the Price range session, in accordance with sources.