Explained: UP’s ‘love jihad’ law

What does the law actually say and how is it being used by Adityanath’s government?

WrittenBy:NL Team
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In November last year, the Adityanath government brought an ordinance criminalising religious conversion for the purpose of marriage. But the Uttar Pradesh Prohibition of Unlawful Conversion of Religion Ordinance of 2020, infamously known as the “love jihad” law, is essentially being employed as a blunt tool to punish Muslim men, as Newslaundry has found reporting on its implementation on the ground.

Meghnad S takes a hard look at the ordinance, what it lays down, and how it is being interpreted and used by the authorities in Adityanth’s Uttar Pradesh.



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