Love jihad bill introduced in Gujarat assembly

Gandhinagar (Gujarat): On the last day of the Gujarat Legislative Assembly session, the “Gujarat Freedom of Religion Act-2003” was amended and introduced in the name of “Gujarat Religious Freedom Reform Bill-2021”.

After Uttar Pradesh (UP) and Madhya Pradesh (MP), now Gujarat has also introduced an anti-love jihad bill.

Gujarat Home Minister Pradeep Singh Jadeja introduced the last bill of the session. The Gujarat government has tried to make this law more stringent by amending the old law. Forcible conversion, the minimum punishment is three years, while in most other states it is only 1 year.

In Gujarat, a new law has come to prevent such matters as ‘love jihad’ and conversion of religion by pretending to marry, for this, the state government has brought a bill in the Legislative Assembly to change an old law. About which Gujarat Home Minister Pradeep Singh Jadeja informed the media. 

“Those who are more likely to convert Hindu girls, they will face action,” he said.  

Earlier, Gujarat Chief Minister Vijay Rupani and Deputy Chief Minister Nitin Patel have also given such statements. 

The new law also provides for seducing someone, according to which, inciting religious conversion under the pretext of ‘better lifestyle, divine blessings’ will now be a punishable offense under this act, this bill also proposed Is that if a person returns to his or her ancestor’s religion again, this act will not apply to him. 

The bill proposes to add a new section 3A. Under this, parents, brothers, sisters or relatives of the converted person, relatives formed through marriage or adoption, will have the right to register an FIR in this case. If a person helps in the conversion of someone on the pretext of love and marriage, then he will be equally guilty.

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Under the new amended law, there will be a provision of a minimum sentence of 3 years and a maximum sentence of 5 years and a fine of Rs 2 lakh. At the same time, there will be a provision of 4 to 7 years in the cases of minors and Dalits and a fine of Rs 3 lakh. 

Parents, siblings or other relatives of the victim girl will be able to lodge a complaint against the accused. According to the new law, action will now be taken against those who help the accused. Apart from this, there will also be a provision in the new law that officers below the Deputy Superintendent of Police will not be able to investigate such cases.

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