Madhya Pradesh home minister, Narottam Mishra on Tuesday said the state government will introduce a bill against “love jihad”.
The bill will comprise of rigorous imprisonment of five years for those involved in love jihad, a report stated
People assisting in committing the crime will also be booked under a charge that is cognizable and non-bailable.
The minister said that the bill will include a provision to declare marriages taking place forcefully, out of fraud or by tempting someone for religious conversion, null and void.
Under the particular bill, the bride and the groom will have to inform the district collector within a month in advance before formalizing an inter-faith marriage.
The term “love jihad” has been coined by right-wing organizations opposing the inter-faith marriage.
The term is not defined under any existing law in the country.
Article 21 of the Indian Constitution guarantees the right to marry a person of one’s choice.
Madhya Pradesh chief minister, Shivraj Singh Chouhan had earlier said that Jihad will not be permitted in the name of love in the state.
Necessary legal provisions will be made to prevent it, he had said.