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Mayawati asks the UP government to reconsider its new anti-conversion law | India News

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LUCK: BSP Chairman Mayawati on Monday called on the Uttar Pradesh government to reconsider the new anti-conversion law, saying it is full of “doubts and apprehensions.”
His comments come after Uttar Pradesh registered its first case under the new law in Bareilly district based on a complaint from a young woman’s father.
In a statement issued here on Sunday, Additional Chief Secretary (Home) Awanish Awasthi said a case was recorded in the Tikaram complaint that accused a man, Uvaish Ahmed, from the same village of trying to convert his daughter to through “seduction”. (bahla-phuslaakar).
“The ordinance on loving jihad that the UP government hastily brought out is full of doubts and apprehensions. There is no recognition or acceptability of conversion by force or deception in the country. There are many laws already in force in this regard. The government needs to reconsider the new law, “Mayawati said in a Hindi tweet.
“Love jihad” is a derogatory coin used by right-wing activists to refer to the alleged campaign by Muslims forcing Hindu girls to become a form of love.
Samajwadi Party Chairman Akhilesh Yadav has already said that his party will oppose the state government’s bill on religious conversions when it comes before the assembly for approval.
Uttar Pradesh Governor Anandiben Patel on Saturday gave his consent to an ordinance against forced or fraudulent religious conversions that provides prison terms of up to 10 years and a maximum fine of Rs 50,000 in different categories.
The enactment of the Uttar Pradesh Illegal Conversion of Religion Ban Ordinance, 2020, came four days after Yogi Adityanath’s government passed draft legislation that also curbs religious conversions just for the sake of marriage.
Under the law that deals with the different categories of crimes, a marriage will be declared “null and void” if the conversion of a woman is solely for that purpose, and those who wish to change their religion after marriage must submit an application. to the district judge.

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