Lucknow: Police in Lucknow stopped an interfaith wedding after receiving complaints from several Hindu outfits. The wedding was interrupted citing the newly made 'Love Jihad' law of Uttar Pradesh. The state government passed the Uttar Pradesh Prohibition of Unlawful Conversion of Religion Ordinance, 2020 on November 28.
The police stopped the wedding between a Hindu bride and Muslim bridegroom. Interestingly, the police stooped the wedding despite the consent of the families of the bride and groom. The wedding was supposed to take place in Duda Colony of Lucknow, however, a team of Para Police Station reached the wedding venue, and asked the couple to seek clearance from the Lucknow District Magistrate before proceeding with their wedding. The families of the couple have agreed to wait for the approval from the District Magistrate for the wedding.
A Hindu organisation, Hindu Yuva Vahini objected the marriage between the two as, under the new 'Love Jihad' law, one can only marry if they notify the District Magistrate for the specific period of time.
However, the couple said that they wanted to get married. The Muslim youth was ready to convert to Hindu and get married according to the Hindu traditions.
Earlier this week, the UP Police made its first arrest under the newly passed law. A man named Tikaram filed an FIR against one Owais Ahmad for allegedly harassing his daughter to change her religion from Hinduism to Islam.
Anandiben Patel, the Governor of Uttar Pradesh gave his assent to the Uttar Pradesh Prohibition of Unlawful Conversion of Religion Ordinance, 2020 on November 28. This was done to 'curb' forcible religious conversions.
Under this new law, if anyone is found guilty, they will be imprisoned for 10 years and Rs 50,000 will be fined under various sections.
Several other BJP-led governments are on the way to bring laws against 'Love Jihad.'