The National Confederation of Human Rights Organizations (NCHRO), Madhya Pradesh unit has challenged the Madhya Pradesh Religious Freedom Act, 2020, infamously known as ‘Love Jihad Law’ in Jabalpur High Court.
NCHRO State Secretary Adv. Shilpi Rangari in a press statement stated that the petition filed in the name of State president Aradhana Bhargava has appealed to the High Court to declare the Religious Freedom Act 2020 as unconstitutional, stating the said law is against constitutional values. The petition stated that the clauses of the said law are against the provisions of Chapter III of the Indian Constitution.
Article 25 of the Constitution gives every citizen the right to adopt any religion as per his wish, to follow it and to propagate it. But the Religious Freedom Act 2020 violates this right of citizens as provided by the Constitution. Therefore, this law is against the values and provisions of the Indian Constitution, the petition said.
Since the Ordinance was passed by the Governor of Madhya Pradesh, there has been a spurt in alleged religious conversion cases wherein a large number of persons belonging to minority communities are being targeted.
Keeping this in view, the writ petition has sought to scrap the Madhya Pradesh Religious Freedom Act 2020 and to declare it as ultra vires to the Constitution.