Defending the Madhya Pradesh government’s decision to bring a law against love jihad, MP Assembly Pro-tem Speaker Rameshwar Sharma claimed that Pakistan and Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI) agents were conspiring to convert Hindu women.
“How long will we let Sita become Rubiya, how long will we let Sita die? Show me true love like Nargis and Sunil Dutt. Tell me how many Nargis married Sunil Dutt,” he asked.
The Shivraj Singh Chouhan-led BJP government in Madhya Pradesh is planning to introduce Dharma Swatantrya (Religious Freedom) Bill 2020 in the next session of the state Assembly in view of the rising incidents of “love jihad”, announced state Home Minister Narottam Mishra on Tuesday.
‘Show me true love like Nargis and Sunil Dutt’
The bill proposes rigorous imprisonment for the period of five years for luring a person through fraud and forcing marriage by religious conversion; he told reporters and added that such offence will be non-bailable, reported PTI.
Other proposed provisions in the law will make it mandatory for kin of the person including his/her parents, brothers and sisters being forced to convert to other faith for the purpose of marriage to file a complaint.
It will also have a provision to declare such marriages null and void and people assisting in such acts will be made co-accused.
It will also be mandatory for the person who is being converted for marriage, and religious persons involved, to inform the district magistrate concerned a month in advance about their decision, PTI quoted Mishra as saying.
Haryana, UP & Karnataka mulling to bring law against ‘Love Jihad’
Apart from MP, BJP-ruled Haryana, Uttar Pradesh and Karnataka are also mulling to bring the law religious conversion to counter ‘love jihad’.
Last week, Karnataka Chief Minister BS Yediyurappa said that the government is holding talks with experts to frame a law to ban religious conversions for marriages. Addressing BJP’s state executive committee meeting, Yediyurappa had said that the state has always considered Love Jihad as a matter of concern.
Source: Times Now