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Bhopal13 minutes agoAuthor: Anoop Dubey
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The Madhya Pradesh government is going to bring a law in the name of Freedom of Religion Act 2020 for strict punishment in cases of love jihad. Home Minister Narottam Mishra has made it clear that the government has made the draft. That is, in the December-January assembly session, it will be passed and sent to the President. The Sangh-BJP is in favor of this law, so it can come into force in two to three months. However, it is not that this is a new law, but rather it is being brought with change.
Such a law was made in 1968 also
Madhya Pradesh has a law in 1968 under the name Freedom of Religion Act. The government also had the option to amend the law, but it is talking of bringing a new law. The Home Minister has also reiterated the same. The minister of the Shivraj government is stating this law against Love Jihad, but the question of how the term Love Jihad will be included in the legal interpretation remains.
Dainik Bhaskar Retired Special DG Shailendra Shrivastava Tried to understand from 10 questions about what will happen in the new law, which was not in the old law.
Legislation was enacted in 1968 for conversion. Due to its not being strict, a new law is being made now.
What is the biggest change the government is bringing in the new law?
For converting religion, it is necessary to get permission before the collector. This was not the case earlier.
There are many allies in the matter of converting religion by forcibly or deceiving, what will happen to them?
Until now, only those who converted to religion were considered accused. Under the new law, parents, siblings and relatives and other helpers of the married person will be made accused by forced conversion or otherwise.
Will marriage not be done in other religion after the new law?
The new law does not prohibit marriage or conversion. The new law is against marrying with greed, coercion, seduction, intimidation, fraud or lying.
The reason for the change is being told Love Jihad, will this word be part of the law?
The law does not explain such terms. Yes, a case will be registered against those who marry and then convert by lying through coercion, fraud, intimidation, temptation and other ways.
Will this apply to a particular religion or will everyone come into the realm?
The new law is being brought specifically to clamp down on those who marry for conversion. It will have a clear guideline about conversion. People of all religions will come under its purview.
Will any complainant get any relief from this?
Victims will be able to get an FIR done directly in the police station The police will be able to take immediate action.
Was the old law weak?
In the old law, the offense is bailable. The provision of punishment is also not strict. In the new law, instead of the police station, the court will be able to get bail.
Will the accused in such cases be more punished?
The new law will lead to a sentence of 5 years for non-bailable offenses. Earlier it was only 2 years old. A fine of up to 10 thousand rupees could be imposed.
Do other states of the country also have such a law?
Work has started on making this law in Uttar Pradesh before Madhya Pradesh, while in Haryana it is under consideration. Other states still have old laws. Demand is also rising there.
Can there be any hindrance in making laws?
So far it does not seem so. After passing the assembly, it will go for the approval of the President. There will not be much hindrance in passing the law.