UP criminalises ‘love jihad’ | The Daily Star
12:00 AM, November 26, 2020 / LAST MODIFIED: 01:14 AM, November 26, 2020

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UP criminalises ‘love jihad’

India's ruling Hindu nationalist party approved a decree in the country's most populous state Uttar Pradesh on Tuesday laying out prison terms up to five years for anyone compelling others to convert their faith or luring them into these conversions through marriage, officials said. The move follows a campaign by hardline Hindu groups against some interfaith marriages that they describe as "love jihad", Muslim men engaging in a conspiracy to turn Hindu women away from their religion by seducing them. Under the new law, a man and woman belonging to different religions will have to give two months' notice to the district magistrate before they get married and they will be allowed to tie the knot if there are no objections.


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