Madhya Pradesh Home Minister Narottam Mishra has said that the “love jihad” bill will be introduced soon in the state assembly. It will includes five years of rigorous imprisonment for the violators. The charges will be deemed cognizable and non-bailable, Indian Express reports.
According to a provision in the bill, the concerned district collector will have to be notified a month in advance regarding the formalization of an inter-faith marriage.
“There will be provision to declare marriages taking place forcefully, out of fraud or by tempting someone, for religious conversion, null and void. Those assisting in committing this crime will also be considered a party to the crime,” Mishra stated.
Earlier, Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan had asserted that a law will be passed to prevent jihad happening in the name of love. Chouhan had claimed, “Jihad will not be permitted in the name of love at any cost in the state. Necessary legal provisions will be made against love jihad.”
This issue had flared up as a 21-year-old girl named Nikita Tomar was shot dead outside her college by a man named Tausif in Haryana’s Ballabgarh area in October. Tomar’s family had alleged that Tausif was forcing Nikita to convert to Islam and marry him. Upon her refusals, Tausif gunned her down along with his friend Rehan.
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