Ordinance with regards to Regulating inter faith marriages and religious conversion, challenged in the Supreme Court

Citizens for Peace and Justice, NGO, challenged the validity of Himachal Pradesh Freedom of Religion Act, 2019 and Madhya Pradesh Freedom of Religion Ordinance, 2020, within its previous Petition that challenged such Ordinances of Uttar Pradesh and Uttarakhand.

The petition stated that the citizens of these states shall be subjected to State Scrutiny if the citizen wants to convert his religious faith and if there are instances of inter faith marriage.

To quote the petition:

“The impugned Acts and Ordinances impose obligations of prior intimation, registration, scrutiny, and police enquiries as a precondition to marriage, which are utterly unconscionable, and indeed obnoxious and unsustainable under our Constitutional scheme.”

The NGO pleaded through the Writ that The laws were violative of Article 21 and 25 and should be scrapped.

The petition also states the following regarding burden of proof:

“The burden of proof gets shifted and it is dangerous as it is a non bailable offence and also under a circumstance where they are pitched against hostile communities and family members who masquerade in the glory of protection of women.”

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