Madhya Pradesh government will soon bring a law regarding love jihad. State Home Minister Narottam Mishra has said that a law will be brought against Love Jihad in the coming assembly session. It will be a non-bailable offense and will have a sentence of five years. Significantly, the Uttar Pradesh government has already said that the law should be made.
Narottam Mishra said, Madhya Pradesh is preparing to introduce the ‘Freedom of Religion Bill, 2020’ in the Assembly. It will provide for rigorous imprisonment of five years. We are also proposing that such offenses be declared cognizable and non-bailable offenses.
Making preparations to introduce Madhya Pradesh Freedom of Religion Bill, 2020 in Assembly. It’ll provide for 5 yrs of rigorous imprisonment. We are also proposing that such crimes be declared a cognizable and non-bailable offence: MP Home Minister Narottam Mishra on ‘Love Jihad’ pic.twitter.com/N4NA7Js8Ai
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He said, the upcoming assembly session is going to be important, because the state government will introduce a bill for the freedom of religion law on love jihad. After the bill becomes law, the accused will be sentenced to five years of imprisonment under non-bailable sections.
Madhya Pradesh Home Minister said, “Those who cooperate in the crime of Love Jihad will also have the provision of punishment like the main accused.” Apart from this, provision will also be made to punish those who forcibly convert for marriage.
He said, if someone wants to convert by voluntary and get married, then he has to submit an application in this regard to the Collector office a month in advance. Mishra said, “After the enactment of this law, marriage by force by force, marriage by deception will be considered canceled.”
Earlier, the Chief Minister of the state, Shivraj Singh Chauhan, has also said about Love Jihad that it will be strictly dealt with if such cases come up in the state. The Chief Minister had directed the officials to prepare a blueprint of the law.