10 years in prison, Rs 1 lakh fine in Karnataka’s proposed anti-conversion law – archyde


Marriage entered into due to unlawful conversion is declared null and void by law (representative)

Belagavi, Karnataka:

The proposed anti-conversion law, which Karnataka intends to introduce in the current legislative period, provides for those who indulge in mass conversion to be imprisoned for a period of three to ten years and to impose a fine of Rs 1 lakh.

The draft also stipulates that the “religious converter” must notify the district judge or any other official who is not below the rank of additional district judge one month in advance in “Form II” of such a conversion. In addition, marriages entered into solely for the purpose of unlawful conversion or vice versa will be annulled in accordance with the draft law on the protection of the right to religious freedom of Karnataka 2021.

The law, once in place, will include those who “misrepresent, coerce, undue influence, coercion, enticement, or fraudulently or through marriage, or who facilitate or conspire to convert”. However, this law does not entail the penal provisions of the law for returning to one’s immediate previous religion.

“Provided that if a person returns to their immediate previous religion, it is not considered a conversion under this law,” says Section 3 of the law.

According to the proposed law, “Any disadvantaged person, his or her parent, brother, sister or other person related to him or her by blood, marriage or adoption may file an initial informational report of any such conversion that violates the provisions of the section violates. 3. ”

According to the draft regulation, anyone who violates the provisions of Section 3, without prejudice to civil liability, is punished with a prison sentence of not less than three years, but which can be up to five years, with a fine not less than 25,000 rupees should be.

The consequences will be dire if SC / ST and minors are converted.

“Anyone who violates the provision of Section 3 in relation to a minor, a woman or a person belonging to the registered caste or tribe is subject to a prison sentence of not less than three years, but up to 10. is penalized for years and is fined no less than 50,000 rupees, ”the draft said.

In addition, anyone who indulges in mass conversion is punished with a prison sentence of three to ten years and a fine of Rs 1 lakh.

The proposed law provides that the victim can receive compensation of up to Rs 5 lakh in addition to the fine.

In the case of marriage for the sole purpose of unlawful conversion, the marriage will be declared null and void by the family court. If there are no family courts, the court responsible for such cases can also declare such marriages null and void.

The offenses subject to the provisions of the proposed law will not be surrogate and detectable.

Anyone who wants to transgress his religion should also declare in Form I “at least 60 days in advance” to the district head or the additional district head specially authorized by the district head, “that he can practice his religion with his or her free consent and without any coercion, coercion, inappropriate influence or Lure wants to convert ”.

Upon receipt of the information, the district judge should conduct a police investigation “into the actual intent, purpose and cause of the proposed religious conversion”.

The bill also provides that any institution or organization that violates the provisions of the bill will be prosecuted and that its registration will be canceled by the competent authority at the request of the district judge.

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