Uttar Pradesh passes bill forbidding religion conversion by marriage

The Uttar Pradesh government passed its ‘anti-conversion bill in its Assembly on Wednesday. ‘The Prohibition of Unlawful Religious Conversion Bill, 2021’ forbids conversion from one religion to another by marriage. The bill will be approved by the Governor making it an Act.

This bill will replace a previously passed law named “Uttar Pradesh Prohibition of Unlawful Conversion of Religion Ordinance,” which was declared on November 24, 2020. It prohibited conversion by marriage, compulsion, misdirection, or temptation.

It recommended a prison term fluctuating between one to five years, notwithstanding fines of up to ₹15,000 for those indicted under it. The prison term goes as long as 10 years and fine up to ₹25,000 for transformations of ladies having a place with planned rank or booked clan networks or who are minors.


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