Published on: May 18, 2022

KARNATAKA ANTI-CONVERSION ORDINANCE

KARNATAKA ANTI-CONVERSION ORDINANCE

Fetești-Gară NEWS : cenforce Governor of Karnataka gave his assent to the anti-conversion ordinance

WHAT IS IN THE ORDINANCE

  • Prohibits conversion “from one religion to another by use or practice of misrepresentation, force, undue influence, coercion, allurement or by any fraudulent means or by any of these means or by promise of marriage”
  • People wanting to convert are required to declare 30 days in advance to the deputy commissioner
  • If the DC finds that the conversion is wrongful, criminal action will be initiated
  • A person who has already converted should intimate the DC within 30 days and appear before the DC within 21 days
  • Covers ‘love jihad,’ a term that refers to religious conversion for the sake of marriage 
  • Any marriage which has happened with the sole purpose of unlawful conversion or vice-versa by the man of one religion with the woman of another religion, either by converting himself before or after marriage or by converting the woman before or after marriage, shall be declared as null and void