Khattar cabinet approves prevention of conversion bill, why did govt need it?

Chandigarh: The Manohar Lal Khattar government in Haryana has given a green signal to the Haryana Prevention of Conversion bill, 2022. The prevention of conversion bill was approved in a meeting led by Haryana CM Manohar Lakh Khattar on Tuesday. Now the government will bring this bill to the assembly in the upcoming budget session.

The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP)-led government in Haryana will come out with a bill in the upcoming budget session of the assembly to ban conversions by force, inducement or fraudulent means and declare marriages done by concealment of religion as invalid. A cabinet meeting led by CM Khattar on Tuesday approved the draft Haryana Prevention of Unlawful Conversion of Religion Bill, 2022. The bill will now be introduced in the Haryana Assembly, the budget session of which will begin from March 2.

In November 2020, state Home Minister Anil Vij had announced that a three-member committee would be formed to stop "love jihad." The purpose and cause of the draft bill state that there have been incidents in which people are hiding their religion and marrying people of other religions by hiding their religion and then forcing them to convert. The draft bill said that therefore, conversion of religion can be prevented by force, by showing fear, by telling wrong things, by threatening, by luring or by any other fraud or by marriage. According to the Bill, the onus of proving will be that of the accused.

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