- The Allahabad High Court issued a notice on a plea filed by the Association for Advocacy and Legal Initiatives challenging Uttar Pradesh Prohibition of Unlawful Religious Conversion Act 2021.
- The court refused to allow the amendment application. It asked the petitioners to file a fresh petition challenging the act.
Love Jihad Act 2021
- The act was passed in February this year.
- It prohibits one person from converting the religion of another person by marriage.
- Violation of it is punishable with imprisonment for a term which is not less than one year but which may extend up to 5 years and with a minimum fine of 50,000
- If a woman is the one who converts the religion, the punishment is twice.
- The petitioner stated that the legislation is contrary to the authoritative pronouncement of a division bench of the High Court in the Salamat Ansari case.
- The petitioner argued that the act infringes their fundamental rights, i.e. right to choice and right to change of faith.
- Petitioner submitted that there exists no emergent ground to exercise the ordinance making power provided under Article 213 of the Indian Constitution.
- The state failed to show any unforeseen or urgent situation to justify the law.
- The UP government claimed that ordinances apply to all kinds of forceful conversions. It is not only confined to interfaith marriages.
- Earlier Supreme Court denied entertaining petitions against the law. It asked the parties to approach High Court.
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