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Uttar Pradesh registers the first case under the new anti-conversion law in Bareilly district, says the State Home department.

Nov 29, 2020

Bareilly, Uttar Pradesh: The Uttar Pradesh police have registered the first case under the newly-promulgated ‘Love-Jihad’ law at Deorania Police station in the district, the police said on Sunday.
Owais Ahmed, the first man to be booked under the new ‘Love-Jihad’ law in Uttar Pradesh, is absconding. The accused has been booked under 504, 506 IPC and section 3/5 of the new anti-conversion law for attempting to forcibly convert a girl to Islam, said SP (Rural)  Bareilly Sansar Singh.
The girl’s father has alleged that Owais had enticed his daughter and built pressure on her to adopt Islam against the family’s wishes. The father also alleged that Owais was giving threats to the family because of their opposition to conversion.
In a statement, Additional Chief Secretary (Home) Awanish Awasthi said that a case was registered by Tikaram, a resident of Sharif Nagar village under Devarniyan police station (in Bareilly), who accused a man – Owais Ahmed – of the same village of trying to convert his daughter through “allurement” (bahla-phuslaakar).
Uttar Pradesh Governor Anandiben Patel had on Saturday promulgated the UP Prohibition of Unlawful Conversion of Religion Ordinance 2020. This came after Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath Cabinet on November 24 cleared the Ordinance, proposing a maximum punishment of 10 years for “love jihad” related offences.
Under the law which deals with different categories of offences, a marriage will be declared “null and void” if the conversion of a woman is solely for that purpose, and those wishing to change their religion after marriage need to apply to the district magistrate.
On Tuesday, Uttar Pradesh Cabinet Minister Siddharth Nath Singh had informed about the state cabinet’s decision to introduce an ordinance against unlawful religious conversions.
“There were more than 100 incidents reported in which forceful religious conversion was being done. Also, it was reported religious conversions were going on in the state using deceitful means. So to make a law on this becomes an important matter of policy now,” Siddharth Nath Singh had said.