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Karnataka To Enact Law Banning Religious Conversion For Marriage

Karnataka chief minister B.S. Yediyurappa has said the government will take strong measures to put an end to religious conversion for the sake of marriages.

“In recent days there are media reports about religious conversion in the name of love jihad in Karnataka. I have discussed this with officials before coming here. What other states have done or not done is a different matter, but in Karnataka, we will have to put an end to it,” Yediyurappa said.

‘Love Jihad’ is a hate campaign and false propaganda run by anti-Islamic forces claiming that Muslim men lure non-Muslim girls, and trick them into marriage and force them to accept Islam.

State’s Health and Family Welfare Minister, K. Sudhakar said Karnataka will soon enact a law prohibiting religious conversions. Speaking to reporters, Sudhakar said, “We will implement this law in next legislature session itself. We are already in talks with various experts on this issue, once we finalise modalities, we will share it with the people.”

Karnataka Home Minister Basavaraj Bommai has also said the government was considering a law against religious conversion for the sake of marriage.

The Allahabad high court had recently said in a case that conversion just for the sake of marriage is not valid. The court made the remark while dismissing a plea by a newly married couple.

Written By

Rushda Fathima Khan is the Staff Reporter for The Cognate.

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