Madhya Pradesh Home Minister Narottam Mishra on Tuesday said that his government would soon introduce the Love Jihad bill, in the Assembly, which includes five years of rigorous imprisonment for violators. The charge will be cognizable and non-bailable. “There will be provision to declare marriages taking place forcefully, out of fraud or by tempting someone, for religious conversion, null and void. Those assisting in committing this crime will also be considered a party to the crime,” Mishra said. Mishra also said about the formalizing of the interfaith marriage. A notice should be given to the collector for interfaith marriages and normalising. Shiv Raj Singh Chauhan had already hinted about this and said that the right to marry a person of one’s choice is guaranteed under Article 21 of the Constitution. He also said that “Jihad will not be permitted in the name of love at any cost in the state. Necessary legal provisions will be made against love jihad,” BJP governments in Haryana and Uttar Pradesh have also been taking steps to materialize this act in their respective states.

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