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Case Against Interfaith Couple In Uttarakhand For Violating Anti-Conversion Law

The Court, after the couple sought safety, directed the District Magistrate to inquire the matter

Dehradun:

An interfaith couple who had approached the Uttarakhand High Court searching for safety has been charged together with two others for allegedly not following the provisions of the state’s anti-conversion regulation, police stated on Wednesday.

According to police, that is the primary case of violation of the Uttarakhand Freedom of Religion Act within the state because it got here into drive in 2018.

An FIR was lodged on the Patel Nagar police station on Tuesday towards the couple who obtained married in September, the husband’s uncle in whose presence the ”nikah” befell and the qazi who solemnised the alliance, Patel Nagar SHO Pradeep Rana stated.

The High Court, after the couple approached it searching for safety, had directed the District Magistrate to inquire into the matter, police stated.

The police discovered that the girl had transformed to Islam with out informing her mother and father or the district authorities previous to her marriage as is required by the regulation, Mr Rana stated.

Circle Officer Anuj Kumar stated it was in violation of sections 3, eight and 12 of the Uttarakhand Freedom of Religion Act, 2018.

Section Three of the Act prohibits conversion both instantly or in any other case, by use of misrepresentation, drive, undue affect, coercion, allurement or by any fraudulent means or by marriage.

Section eight of the Act says, “One who wishes to transform his faith, shall give a declaration at the least one month prematurely to the District Magistrate or any official authorised by him for the aim saying that he needs to transform his faith on his personal and at his free consent and with none drive, coercion, undue affect or allurement.

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“The spiritual priest, who performs purification Sanskar or conversion ceremony for changing any particular person of 1 faith to a different faith, shall give one month’s advance discover of such conversion to the DM or somebody authorised by him.”

It additional says any contravention of the provisions shall have the impact of rendering the stated conversion, unlawful and void.

Section 12 says when an offence is dedicated below this Act everybody deemed to have taken half in its fee by the use of aiding, abetting or counselling conversion shall be charged as if he has truly dedicated it.

This is the primary case of violation of the Act because it got here into drive in 2018, the Circle Officer stated.

In one other case, the Uttarakhand High Court had not too long ago requested the Haridwar administration to protect a pair after the spouse cited a menace from her household as a result of their interfaith marriage.

The girl had filed a discover earlier than the district Justice of the Peace of Haridwar for altering faith from Islam to Hinduism.

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