The Madhya Pradesh Government on Saturday notified ‘The Madhya Pradesh Freedom of Religion Act, 2020’

According to this act, punishment of prison term of up to 10 years will be given to anyone found guilty of using marriage to force someone to change their religion.

Anandiben Patel,The Governor of Madhya Pradesh, gave her assent to the Bill (now Act). The Law has been published in the gazett.

No person shall convert or attempt to convert, either directly or otherwise, any other person by use of misrepresentation, allurement, use of threat or force, undue influence nor will abet such conversion.

If conversion happens, it will be deemed null and void according to section 3.

The burden of proof as to whether a religious conversion was not effected falls with the accused.

A person will be punished with imprisonment,which shall not be less than 3 years and may extend upto 10 years and also liable for fine not less than 50,000/-, if found that he/she concealed his/her religion in such a way that other party believed that both of them have same religion professed by him/her.

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