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UP assembly passes bill on religious conversion

Date: 26 February 2021 Tags: Bills & Laws
  • The Uttar Pradesh Legislative Assembly passed by voice vote a Bill aimed at curbing religious conversions by fraudulent or any other undue means, including through marriage.
  • The Uttar Pradesh Prohibition of Unlawful Conversion of Religion Bill, 2021 seeks to replace the ordinance promulgated in November last year that provides for imprisonment up to 10 years and a maximum fine of ?50,000 for violators.
  • Under the Bill, a marriage will be declared "null and void" if the conversion is solely for that purpose, and those wishing to change their religion after marriage need to apply to the District Magistrate.
  • The Bill mainly envisages that no person shall convert, either directly or indirectly from one religion to another by use or practice of misrepresentation, force, undue influence, coercion, allurement or by any fraudulent means or by marriage nor shall any person abet, convince or conspire such conversion.