Lucknow: Uttar Pradesh Law Commission has recommended a stringent law and a provision of strict punishment for conversion by force or deception. Vigilance Commission Chairman AN Mittal and Secretary Sapna Tripathi gave their report to UP CM Yogi Adityanath. The report provides that forcible conversions will carry a minimum sentence of one year and maximum of five years.
For this, the Law Commission also prepared a draft of 'Uttar Pradesh Freedom of Religion Act 2019' and submitted it to CM Yogi. It is being told that the government will take legal opinion on the draft and bring it in the form of a bill in the next session of the assembly. In the draft, there is a provision for severe punishment on forced conversions, along with it, it is recommended to abolish the marriage done by conversion.
CM Yogi had asked the Commission in December 2017 to give a detailed report to lay down legal provisions to prevent forcible conversion. According to the provision, the young man-woman converting will have to inform the magistrate one month in advance. Similarly, the priest, cleric, father will also have to inform the magistrate about one month in advance. The civil court will be empowered to cancel a marriage made by forceful conversion. In the report, the conversion has been approved by mutual consent.