Belagavi. Now after Uttar Pradesh, Madhya Pradesh and Himachal Pradesh Anti-Conversion Bill in Karnataka too (Karnataka Anti-Conversion Bill) is about to be presented. Under this, people involved in mass conversion will be punished with imprisonment of three to ten years along with a fine of one lakh rupees. Chief Minister Basavaraj Bommai Recently told reporters that saints from different monasteries have appealed to the state government to bring a law to ban religious conversion.
The BJP government of the state can introduce this bill during the ongoing assembly session in Belagavi. Let us know in detail that what can be some provision in this proposed anti-conversion bill.
One month notice before conversion: It has been said in the draft of the bill that those who convert will have to give notice to the District Magistrate or any other officer not below the rank of Additional District Magistrate, one month in advance.
conversion will be invalid: The proposed draft states that marriage for the purpose of illegal conversion or illegal conversion for the purpose of marriage will be deemed invalid.
Victim relatives can file FIR: Under the proposed law, any aggrieved person, his parents, brother, sister, or any other person who has a blood relation can file an FIR for such conversion which contravenes the provisions of Section-3.
Punishment provision: In case of SC/ST and minors converting, the consequences will be harsh. The draft states that illegal conversion of a minor, a woman or a person belonging to a Scheduled Caste or a Scheduled Tribe can be punished with imprisonment of three to ten years. Also, a fine of not less than Rs 50,000 can be imposed.
Compensation for victims: The proposed law says that the victim can get a compensation of up to five lakh rupees in addition to the fine. In case of a marriage solemnized for the sole purpose of illegal conversion, the marriage shall be declared void by the Family Court. If there are no family courts, the court having jurisdiction to try such cases can also declare such marriages void.
Non-bailable offences: The provisions of the proposed Act have been kept in the non-bailable category. In addition, whoever wishes to convert his/her religion shall have to tell in writing ‘Form-I’ to the District Magistrate or Additional District Magistrate ‘at least 60 days in advance’
Organizations can also come under litigation: After receiving the information, the District Magistrate should conduct an inquiry through the police with regard to the actual intent, purpose and reason for the proposed conversion. The proposed law further states that any institution or organization that violates will also be punished.
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