The Madhya Pradesh Legislative Meeting on Monday handed the anti-conversion invoice, Madhya Pradesh Freedom of Faith Invoice, 2021. The invoice has a provision of a jail time period of as much as 10 years and a superb of Rs 1 lakh for conversion by way of “marriage or by every other fraudulent means”. The invoice was tabled by state Residence Minister Narottam Mishra.
Based on a PTI report, the invoice is just like the Prohibition of Illegal Conversion of Faith Ordinance, 2020. Offences beneath the legislation can be cognisable and non-bailable. The brand new invoice seeks to exchange the Spiritual Freedom Act of 1968.
Based on Residence Minister Narottam Mishra, the legislation is most stringent within the nation. Any marriage solemnised in violation of the legislation can be thought of null and void.
With the brand new laws in place, the BJP authorities needs to ban spiritual conversion or such efforts by misrepresentation, allurement, drive, undue affect, coercion, marriage or every other fraudulent means. Abetment and conspiracy for spiritual conversion may also be prohibited beneath the legislation.
These prepared to transform would wish to use to the district administration 60 days prematurely. The spiritual leaders facilitating the conversion would even have to tell about it 60 days prematurely. Violation of those provisions would appeal to a jail time period and superb as effectively.
In circumstances of non secular conversion of members of the Scheduled Castes, the Scheduled Tribes and minors, a provision has been made for imprisonment and superb additionally. The legislation has a provision of three to 10 years of imprisonment and superb of Rs 50,000 in circumstances of marriage carried out by hiding faith, misrepresentation or impersonation.
In case of mass conversions (of two or extra individuals), a provision of 5 to 10 years of imprisonment and a minimal superb of Rs 1 lakh has been made. Repeat offenders would face 5 to 10 years of imprisonment. The registration of any organisation concerned in such violation can be cancelled. Spiritual conversion in violation of this legislation can be thought of null and void.