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Love Jihad: Yogi Adityanath may bring ordinance to restrict religious conversion

Love Jihad

Lucknow: The Yogi Adityanath government in Uttar Pradesh is planning to promulgate an ordinance against religious conversions soon.

Love Jihad: This is being done in view of the increasing number of cases of ‘love jihad’ in the state where Muslim men have concealed their religious identity to lure Hindu girls, sources said.

Love Jihad: The maximum number of such cases have been reported from Kanpur and Meerut.

Love Jihad: According to sources, RSS chief Mohan Bhagwat, during his two-day visit to Lucknow this week, also raised the issue of religious conversion.

Love Jihad: The anti-conversion laws in various states seek to prevent any person from converting or attempting to convert, either directly or otherwise, another person through ‘forcible’ or ‘fraudulent’ means, or by ‘allurement’ or ‘inducement’.

“The law in Uttar Pradesh would be quite similar in nature which would make religious conversions a complex and cumbersome procedure,” said an official in the law department.

Love Jihad: At present, eight states have anti-conversion laws — Arunachal Pradesh, Odisha, Madhya Pradesh, Chhattisgarh, Gujarat, Himachal Pradesh, Jharkhand, and Uttarakhand.

Love Jihad: Odisha was the first state to enact this law in 1967, followed by Madhya Pradesh, in 1968.

“Uttar Pradesh could soon become the ninth state,” said the law department official.

Love Jihad: The state government has set up a special investigation team (SIT) to probe 11 cases of ‘love jihad’ in Kanpur.

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