- The petitioner, Javed, was alleged to have converted a Hindu girl into Islam to marry her.
- He has been accused under Sections 120-B, 366, 368 of Indian Penal Code, 1860 and Section 5 (1) of the Uttar Pradesh State Act.
- This case is concerned with the anticipatory bail plea of the accused.
- It was submitted that the victim was made unconscious by some poisonous substance and was abducted and taken to Delhi.
- There, she was made to sign some document papers against her, and the victim found out that she was converted to Islam to marry the petitioner.
- Later, she was made to sign the Nikahnama, a written document validating marriage, which was written in Urdu, a language that she was unable to read.
- The victim, later, also found out that the petitioner was already married.
- It was argued that the conversion is against the provisions under the UP Prohibition of Unlawful Conversion Act.
- It was submitted that the victim had willfully agreed to convert to Islam.
- It was also argued that the impugned conversion had taken place even before the coming into force of the UP Conversion Act.
- Whether religious conversion against the will of the person concerned is valid?
- Whether the UP Conversion Law applies to those conversions made before it senactment?
- Whether such accused is entitled to bail?
- The Allahabad High Court rejected the bail plea, stating that other men will convert poor girls unlawfully if such applications are allowed.
- Since the accused was already married, and the conversion was against the girl's wish, the same is illegal and void.
- Such conversion is against the right to freedom of religion under the Indian Constitution, the Court observed.
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