MP love jihad ordinance was on Tuesday sent for Governor Anandiben Patel’s approval after getting nod from the cabinet. MP will be the second state to bring a law that deals with religious conversion for the sake of marriage.
The cabinet in a meeting chaired by Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan had approved the ‘Freedom of Religion Bill 2020’. It has provision for up to ten-year jail term and a fine of up to Rs 1 lakh for those accused of converting women on the pretext of marriage.
Chief Minister Chouhan himself briefed the cabinet on the provisions in the meeting. During last week’s cabinet meet, he had rejected the draft prepared by the Home ministry, instructing some changes into it.
The ordinance has been sent to Patel for approval. And after the nod from the governor same will be tabled in Assembly for approval within next six months. While doing this, MP will become second state for adopting a legislation preventing love jihad cases.
MP Love Jihad Bill has 19 provisions
19 provisions have been included in the MP love jihad Bill. The Shivraj government was to table the same in assembly for approval. However it has decided to bring in an ordinance instead after the winter session was adjourned over Covid-19 threat.
Those found guilty of converting women with the help of threat, marriage, allurement or any other unfair mean would be punished with up to five-year jail term and up to Rs 25,000 fine under the MP love jihad Bill. The jail term would be increased up to ten years and fine up to Rs 50,000, if the victim belongs to SC/ST categories.
And those guilty of facilitating mass conversions will also be subjected to jail term up to ten years and fine up to Rs one lakh, says the bill. Such marriages will be nullified. However the children born out of such marriage will be entitled to share in father’s property. And the mother could also seek subsistence allowance.