First case lodged under new religious conversion ordinance filed in Bareilly, UP

An attempt to regulate inter-faith marriages and curb “love-jihad”, the new law criminalizing religious conversion was passed yesterday

Photo credit: PTI | UP Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath with Governor Anandiben Patel

Hours after the UP Prohibition of Unlawful Conversion of Religion Ordinance 2020 was promulgated by UP governor Anandiben Patel, the first case was filed by a resident of Sharifnagar, who alleged that a man who befriended his daughter was forcing her to convert.

The case has been filed at Deorania police station against Owais Ahmed, under sections 3 and 5 of the ordinance. IPC sections 505 and 506 were also invoked, for provocation and criminal intimidation.

The new law covers a series of offenses related to conversions and inter-faith marriages, with “love-jihad” being an unbailable offense with a maximum 10-year imprisonment.