Bareilly, Uttar Pradesh:
The Uttar Pradesh Police has made its first arrest beneath the brand new anti-conversion legislation, days after a person complained that somebody is harassing his daughter in a bid to alter her faith, officers stated on Thursday.
Uttar Pradesh Governor Anandiben Patel on November 28 had given assent to the Uttar Pradesh Prohibition of Unlawful Conversion of Religion Ordinance, 2020, towards forcible or fraudulent spiritual conversions.
The legislation supplies for imprisonment of as much as 10 years and a most high-quality of Rs 50,000 beneath completely different classes.
“This is the first arrest under the new law. Accused Owais Ahmad was arrested from the Richha railway gate in the Bahedi area here on Wednesday. He was produced before a local court and was sent to 14 days judicial custody,” Deputy Inspector General (DIG) of Police, Bareilly, Rajesh Kumar Pandey stated.
The case was registered on the Devarniya police station in Bareilly district on November 28 towards Owais Ahmad, officers stated, including that it was the primary case to be registered within the state beneath the brand new legislation.
Based on a criticism from Tikaram, a resident of Sharif Nagar village in Devarniya, the case was registered beneath sections of the Indian Penal Code and the anti-conversion legislation.
The complainant has accused Ahmad, a resident of the identical village, of attempting to transform his daughter via “allurement”, police stated.
According to the criticism, Tikaram’s daughter and Ahmed studied collectively in Class 12.
Three years in the past, the accused began pressuring her to endure spiritual conversion and carry out ‘nikaah’ (marriage) with him, in keeping with the criticism.
But when the girl opposed, he threatened to kidnap her, Tikaram has stated in his criticism.
The complainant’s daughter married another person in June. However, Ahmed continued to harass her and her relations, he has alleged.
Under the Uttar Pradesh Prohibition of Unlawful Conversion of Religion Ordinance, 2020, which offers with completely different classes of offences, a wedding will probably be declared “null and void” if the conversion of a girl is solely for that goal, and people wishing to alter their faith after marriage want to use to the district Justice of the Peace.
The legislation was introduced into impact 4 days after the Yogi Adityanath authorities within the state permitted the draft of the laws which additionally curbs spiritual conversions just for the sake of marriage.
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