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New Delhi: The Vishva Hindu Parishad (VHP) Saturday asked Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal to enact a law against unlawful conversion for marriage in the lines of the Uttar Pradesh government.

The Yogi Adityanath government had last month enacted a law to make conversion for marriage an illegal act.

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The outfit has alleged that many from Uttar Pradesh have been using the capital city as a safe haven since the new law was introduced. The RSS affiliate also claimed there have been “growing religious conversions” and an increase in “love jihad cases” in Delhi.

“Sir, since the law has been made in Uttar Pradesh to stop love jihad and conversion since then, there has been an increase in such cases. Some people from other states like Uttar Pradesh dupe our daughters and sisters and get them to Delhi. As there is no such law in Delhi they are able to seek refuge here and escape punishment,” the letter noted.

It also said, “In the capital of the country, Hindu sisters and daughters are being deceived by Islamic Jihadis and being made victims of love jihad. Many Hindu daughters have been trapped in the clutches. Dozens of cases have also come to light through media and there are many such cases.”

VHP also claimed that a number of “love jihad” cases have come to light from localities such as Amar Colony, Sarita Vihar, Sangam Vihar, Badarpur, Okhla, South Delhi, Rohini, Rajouri Garden and Prem Nagar in the capital city.

“Therefore, I humbly request you to provide justice to the daughters of Delhi and on the lines of Uttar Pradesh bring in a bill to enact a strict law so that Hindu daughters of Delhi get justice. We are also enclosing some media reports on the matter and would request you to take some action in this regard,” it added.


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‘Want to congratulate Madhya Pradesh CM on new law’

VHP has also requested CM Kejriwal to meet its delegation and discuss the matter in detail.

“We want to congratulate Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan for enacting the law and hope that we will get an opportunity to thank Haryana government soon too. So far, apart from Uttar Pradesh, Uttarakhand, Himachal Pradesh have also enacted a ‘love jihad’ law,” Vinod Bansal, national spokesperson of VHP, told ThePrint.

The Shivraj Singh Chouhan cabinet Saturday cleared the Madhya Pradesh Freedom of Religion Act, 2020, shifting the burden of proof to the accused and providing for maintenance (alimony) to victims (women) and children. The bill, that will replace the 1968 anti-conversion law in Madhya Pradesh, will be tabled in a three-day assembly session beginning 28 December.

The Uttar Pradesh Police have, meanwhile, apprehended about 35 people under the new law that has a jail term of up to 10 years. Nearly a dozen FIRs have been lodged since the Prohibition of Unlawful Conversion of Religion Ordinance, 2020, was notified in the state on 27 November.

Under the law, which deals with different categories of offences, a marriage will be declared ‘null and void’ if the conversion of a woman is solely for that purpose. The onus to prove that conversion has not been carried out forcibly lies on the accused and the convert.


Also read: ‘We operate freely now’ — How Hindu groups are driving UP’s crackdown on ‘love jihad’


 

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