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Gujarat Assembly passes bill to stop ‘love jihad’

To convey extra stringent punishment towards compelled non secular conversions via marriage, Gujarat Vidhan Sabha handed the ‘Gujarat Freedom of Religion Act, 2021’ with a majority.

“Gujarat Freedom of Religion (Amendment) Bill, 2021 has been passed with a majority in Gujarat Vidhan Sabha,” state Home Minister Pradipsinh Jadeja stated on Thursday.

With the passing of the bill, Gujarat grew to become the third state after Uttar Pradesh and Madhya Pradesh make a legislation towards ‘love jihad’.

Earlier in February, the BJP-led the Uttar Pradesh Prohibition of Unlawful Religious Conversion Bill, 2021 was handed by the state Legislative Assembly by voice vote.

Following it, one other BJP-led authorities Madhya Pradesh meeting additionally handed the Freedom of Religion Bill 2021 in March this yr.

The Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) on February 4 this yr clarified that the time period ‘love jihad’ shouldn’t be outlined underneath the prevailing legal guidelines and no such case has been reported to this point. No such case was reported by any of the central companies but.

On Thursday, whereas addressing a public assembly in ballot daring Kerala, Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath alleged that the Left Democratic Front (LDF) and United Democratic Front (UDF) are supporting communal forces in Kerala and have failed to convey growth to the state. He additionally attacked each fronts for not addressing the difficulty of “love jihad” within the state.

While addressing a public rally in Alappuzha’s Haripad, Adityanath stated, “We made an anti-‘love jihad’ law in Uttar Pradesh then why not in Kerala? In 2009, the Kerala High Court had called for a law to address the love jihad, why has no law been made by both parties?”

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