Kannauj: complaint against man for forced conversion
Kannauj Police have filed a First Information Report (FIR) against a man under the recently enacted Uttar Pradesh Illegal Religious Conversion Ban Ordinance of 2020 for allegedly marrying a woman with the intention of her converting. their religion.
The complaint was registered on Saturday after the woman’s father, accompanied by local leaders of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), approached the police.
According to FIR, the author is a tailor in Kannaj’s Gursahaigunj and his daughter is a teacher at a local school.
She fell in love with the man, identified as Mohammad Taufeeq, who allegedly hid his identity and religion from her before their wedding.
He told her his name was Rahul Varma and married her on December 9, the complainant alleged.
Images from the wedding were posted on social media platforms where people identified him as Mohammad Taufeeq, a resident of Khade Dewar village.
“He tricked my daughter into marrying him. His act has hurt my religious feelings and has brought loss of prestige in society, ”said the father in the FIR.
The leaders of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), including the district vice president, Jeetu Tiwari, met with the father and assured him of help. They went to meet the police after which the FIR was searched.
Kannauj Police Superintendent Prashant Varma confirmed that a case had been recorded and said the police were gathering evidence.
Gursahaigun Police Station Officer J Prem Singh Rajput said raids were underway to arrest the man.
The 2020 UP ordinance contains a provision to declare a marriage null and void if the marriage is solemnized for the primary purpose of converting the bride’s religion.
If someone is found guilty of violating the provision, the ordinance punishes him with a minimum prison term of one year to a maximum of five years and a sentence of not less than 15,000 rupees.