October 20, 2020
Home  »  Website  »  National  »  Yogi Adityanath Govt May Bring Ordinance To Restrict Religious Conversions

Yogi Adityanath Govt May Bring Ordinance To Restrict Religious Conversions

Last year, the Uttar Pradesh State Law Commission had submitted a report to Yogi Adityanath, suggesting a new law to check forcible religious conversions.

Google + Linkedin Whatsapp
Follow Outlook India On News
Yogi Adityanath Govt May Bring Ordinance To Restrict Religious Conversions
FIle photo of UP CM Yogi Adityanath offering prayers on Janmashtami at Gorakhnath Temple.
PTI Photo
Yogi Adityanath Govt May Bring Ordinance To Restrict Religious Conversions
outlookindia.com
2020-09-18T16:06:38+05:30

Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath has asked officials to formulate a strategy and bring an ordinance if required to prevent "religious conversions in the name of love", an official said on Friday.

“It has been seen in the recent past that women have been made to convert in the name of love and marriage and later subjected to cruelty and even murder," the official who did not wished to be named said.

"Taking a serious note of such incidents, the CM has directed that a concrete strategy be made to control such incidents,” he added.

"It has often been seen that this is being done in an organised manner," he claimed. "If required, an ordinance can be brought for it,” he added.

The aim is to ensure that such crimes are checked and effective action is taken against the culprits. All this is being taken into consideration, he added.

In Kanpur, the police had recently set up a Special Investigation Team to look into reports of such religious conversions.

Last year, the Uttar Pradesh State Law Commission had submitted a report to Adityanath, suggesting a new law to check forcible religious conversions.

"The report was submitted along with a draft legislation, Uttar Pradesh Freedom of Religion Bill, 2019," law commission secretary Sapna Tripathi had said.

The report was prepared after going through pre and post-independence laws in the country and neighbouring countries like Nepal, Myanmar, Bhutan, Sri Lanka and Pakistan besides keeping in mind court judgments.

"The commission is of the view that existing legal provisions are not enough to check religious conversions and on this serious matter, a new law is needed like in some other states," the report said.

The 268-page report included newspaper clippings regarding forcible conversions, international covenants on the right to religion, anti-conversion laws in neighbouring countries and India.

It said states like Madhya Pradesh, Odisha, Arunachal Pradesh, Tamil Nadu, Gujarat, Rajasthan, Chhattisgarh, Jharkhand, Himachal Pradesh and Uttrakhand had made special laws to ban conversions by force, fraud, marriage or allurement.


For in-depth, objective and more importantly balanced journalism, Click here to subscribe to Outlook Magazine
Next Story >>
Google + Linkedin Whatsapp

The Latest Issue

Outlook Videos