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In this photograph provided by the Indian Army, tanks pull back from the banks of Pangong Tso lake region, in Ladakh along the India-China border on Wednesday, Feb. 10, 2021.(AP)

News updates from HT: Pangong Tso disengagement ends, 10th round of talks today

By hindustantimes.com | Edited by Anjali, New Delhi
PUBLISHED ON FEB 20, 2021 09:01 AM IST
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The law provides for up to 10 years in jail in some cases and hefty fine for violators..(Representative image)
The law provides for up to 10 years in jail in some cases and hefty fine for violators..(Representative image)

23 cases filed under MP's new anti-conversion law in January

PTI, Bhopal
PUBLISHED ON FEB 12, 2021 06:33 AM IST
The law provides for up to 10 years in jail in some cases and hefty fine for violators.
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The Supreme Court. (HT archive)
The Supreme Court. (HT archive)

UP withdraws transfer petition on unlawful conversion ordinance from SC

By HT Correspondent | Edited by Meenakshi Ray, New Delhi
PUBLISHED ON JAN 25, 2021 02:17 PM IST
The state wanted these petitions to be heard along with two petitions pending in the Supreme Court on which notice has already been issued.
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“This is the first case in Barwani under the new legislation,” Barwani police station in-charge Rajesh Yadav said.(Representative image)
“This is the first case in Barwani under the new legislation,” Barwani police station in-charge Rajesh Yadav said.(Representative image)

28-yr-old held in MP under new religious conversion law

By HT Correspondent, Barwani
PUBLISHED ON JAN 20, 2021 05:08 AM IST
“On the basis of a written complaint filed by a 22- year-old woman, a 28-year-old man was arrested on Monday on charges of rape and under provisions of the Freedom of Religion ordinance,” Barwani police station in-charge Rajesh Yadav said.
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The Uttar Pradesh government has approached the Supreme Court seeking a transfer of the pending writ petitions from the Allahabad high court(PTI)
The Uttar Pradesh government has approached the Supreme Court seeking a transfer of the pending writ petitions from the Allahabad high court(PTI)

Transfer pleas on ‘love jihad’ law to Supreme Court: UP govt tells Allahabad HC

By Abraham Thomas, New Delhi
UPDATED ON JAN 19, 2021 07:05 AM IST
The state government made the disclosure before the high court on Monday during the hearing of a bunch of pleas against the Uttar Pradesh Prohibition of Unlawful Conversion of Religion Ordinance, 2020.
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Barwani police station in-charge Rajesh Yadav said, “The woman alleged that the man met her four years ago. He hid his religion and raped her on the pretext of marriage."(Representative image)
Barwani police station in-charge Rajesh Yadav said, “The woman alleged that the man met her four years ago. He hid his religion and raped her on the pretext of marriage."(Representative image)

MP files first case under new conversion law

By Shruti Tomar, Bhopal
UPDATED ON JAN 19, 2021 06:41 AM IST
The accused, who is a truck driver and a resident of Palsud village, was arrested by police under the new law and under sections 376 (rape), 323 (voluntarily causing hurt) and 506 (criminal intimidation) of the Indian Penal Code.
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Police released a video of the girl saying she had married out of her free will and there was no conversion involved.(AFP file photo. Representative image)
Police released a video of the girl saying she had married out of her free will and there was no conversion involved.(AFP file photo. Representative image)

Rajasthan police reject claim that Bikaner girl forced for interfaith marriage

By Jaykishan Sharma | Edited by Abhinav Sahay, Jaipur
PUBLISHED ON JAN 17, 2021 03:54 PM IST
  • Bikaner’s superintendent of police, Priti Chandra, rubbished the claims made by the girl’s family.
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Uttar Pradesh and Madhya Pradesh, both ruled by the BJP, have brought religious freedom laws to stop conversion through marriage or by any other fraudulent means.(HT ARCHIVE)
Uttar Pradesh and Madhya Pradesh, both ruled by the BJP, have brought religious freedom laws to stop conversion through marriage or by any other fraudulent means.(HT ARCHIVE)

Gujarat govt examining anti-conversion laws enacted by UP, MP: Patel

PTI, Ahmedabad
PUBLISHED ON JAN 15, 2021 05:43 PM IST
These laws against inter-faith marriages as an alleged ploy for conversion provide for long prison terms and hefty fines for violators.
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Allahabad High Court.(ANI)
Allahabad High Court.(ANI)

Nobody can interfere in peaceful life of two adults: Allahabad HC

By JItendra Sarin
UPDATED ON JAN 09, 2021 10:05 AM IST
The observation holds significance in the backdrop of the recently passed Uttar Pradesh Prohibition of Unlawful Conversion of Religion Ordinance, 2020.
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The affidavit was submitted before a bench led by chief justice Govind Mathur.(AFP)
The affidavit was submitted before a bench led by chief justice Govind Mathur.(AFP)

‘For collective good’: UP defends ‘love jihad’

By Utkarsh Anand | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
PUBLISHED ON JAN 08, 2021 03:49 AM IST
Several activists and legal experts have argued that the law could be used to target Muslims and infringed on the fundamental rights to equality, freedom of religion, and life and personal liberty.
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The HC bench comprising chief justice Govind Mathur and justice SS Shamshery, fixed January 15 as the next date of hearing in the case.(PTI)
The HC bench comprising chief justice Govind Mathur and justice SS Shamshery, fixed January 15 as the next date of hearing in the case.(PTI)

No evidence of forced conversion in arrest made under new law: UP to HC

By Jitendra Sarin and S Raju | Hindustan Times, Prayagraj/Meerut
UPDATED ON JAN 08, 2021 12:16 AM IST
The state government affidavit said the police investigation did not produce any evidence that Nadeem had “any illicit relation with the woman” or that he was trying to convert her religion.
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A two-judge bench of the Allahabad High Court fixed January 15 as the next date of hearing in the case.(PTI File Photo)
A two-judge bench of the Allahabad High Court fixed January 15 as the next date of hearing in the case.(PTI File Photo)

No evidence found, UP Police drop charges of ‘religious conversion for marriage’

By Jitendra Sarin | Hindustan Times, Prayagraj
UPDATED ON JAN 07, 2021 08:26 PM IST
In an affidavit, the Uttar Pradesh government said the police during investigation found no evidence in support of the allegation that Nadeem was trying for her religious conversion as alleged by the complainant, Akshay Kumar in the FIR.
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Preliminary investigation by the police found that the claim was false.(Getty Images/iStockphoto)
Preliminary investigation by the police found that the claim was false.(Getty Images/iStockphoto)

3 men framed in false ‘love jihad’ case: Cops

By HT Correspondent | Lucknow
UPDATED ON JAN 04, 2021 03:19 AM IST
The three Muslim men had been booked under the controversial Uttar Pradesh Prohibition of Unlawful Conversion of Religion Ordinance, 2020 and sections of the Indian Penal Code (IPC)
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The AIMIM leader’s comments came after the BJP government led by chief minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan in Madhya Pradesh approved the Dharma Swatantrata (Religious Freedom) Ordinance, 2020 to curb cases of ‘love-jihad’ in the state.(PTI)
The AIMIM leader’s comments came after the BJP government led by chief minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan in Madhya Pradesh approved the Dharma Swatantrata (Religious Freedom) Ordinance, 2020 to curb cases of ‘love-jihad’ in the state.(PTI)

‘Bring ordinances on MSP, unemployment’: Owaisi slams BJP over anti-conversion laws

By hindustantimes.com | Edited by Shankhyaneel Sarkar | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON DEC 29, 2020 08:43 PM IST
Owaisi also alleged that the BJP is trying to interfere with the personal lives and choices of Indian citizens. He also said these ordinances violate fundamental rights.
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Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan had earlier spoken about the need to bring a law to counter ‘love jihad’.(PTI)
Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan had earlier spoken about the need to bring a law to counter ‘love jihad’.(PTI)

Shivraj Singh Chouhan takes the ordinance route against ‘love jihad’

By HT Correspondent | Hindustan Times, Bhopal
UPDATED ON DEC 28, 2020 09:49 PM IST
The government could not table the bill - the Madhya Pradesh Dharmik Swatantrata (Freedom of Religion) Bill, 2020 - on such marriages called ‘love jihad’ in the state assembly’s winter session as the three-day session scheduled to be held from Monday was postponed
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Madhya Pradesh Home Minister Narottam Mishra.(PTI)
Madhya Pradesh Home Minister Narottam Mishra.(PTI)

Madhya Pradesh to enforce ‘love jihad’ ordinance

By HT Correspondent | Hindustan Times
UPDATED ON DEC 28, 2020 06:27 AM IST
The proposed law is aimed at regulating interfaith marriages in the state that provides for up to 10 years in prison for “forcing women, minors, and people from Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes to undergo religious conversion.” .
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The bill proposes up to 10 years of jail and a minimum fine of Rs 1 lakh for forced conversions.(ANI)
The bill proposes up to 10 years of jail and a minimum fine of Rs 1 lakh for forced conversions.(ANI)

MP govt’s bill against forced conversions exempts re-conversions

By Shruti Tomar | Edited by Abhinav Sahay | Hindustan Times, Bhopal
UPDATED ON DEC 27, 2020 10:34 AM IST
Madhya Pradesh home minister reasoned that reconversions will not be a punishable offence under the new proposed law because it is more a realisation of a mistake than a crime.
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Migrant workers returning from Madhya Pradesh and en route Haryana seen while crossing DND Flyway on foot in Noida.(Sunil Ghosh / Hindustan Times File Photo)
Migrant workers returning from Madhya Pradesh and en route Haryana seen while crossing DND Flyway on foot in Noida.(Sunil Ghosh / Hindustan Times File Photo)

2020: The people vs the Indian State

By Yamini Aiyar
UPDATED ON DEC 26, 2020 07:40 PM IST
The anti-CAA protests, the defiance of migrants, and now the farmers’ stir show that the everyday practice of democracy is a powerful corrective in the face of arbitrary and unilateral State decisions
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Madhya Pradesh home minister Narottam Mishra talks to the media. Under the new bill, the punishment for forced religious conversions is 1-10 years of imprisonment and a maximum fine of 1 lakh, he said on Saturday.(PTI FILE)
Madhya Pradesh home minister Narottam Mishra talks to the media. Under the new bill, the punishment for forced religious conversions is 1-10 years of imprisonment and a maximum fine of 1 lakh, he said on Saturday.(PTI FILE)

Madhya Pradesh cabinet okays bill against forced conversions

By Shruti Tomar | Bhopal, Hindustan Times
UPDATED ON DEC 26, 2020 01:33 PM IST
The conversion or an attempt of conversion by means of misrepresentation, allurement, threat, force undue influence, coercion, marriage and any other fraudulent means has been prohibited in MP
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The high court has asked the state government to respond to a petition which contended that the new law impinges upon the fundamental right to choice and the right to change of faith.(PTI file photo)
The high court has asked the state government to respond to a petition which contended that the new law impinges upon the fundamental right to choice and the right to change of faith.(PTI file photo)

About 35 arrests, dozen FIRs as UP ‘love jihad’ law completes one month

By Press Trust of India | Posted by Deepali Sharma | Lucknow
PUBLISHED ON DEC 26, 2020 12:25 PM IST
Nearly a dozen FIRs have been lodged since the Prohibition of Unlawful Conversion of Religion Ordinance, 2020, was notified on November 27.
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Activists belonging to various human and civil rights organisations hold placards during a demonstration condemning the decision of various Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) led state governments in the country for the proposed passing of laws against "Love Jihad" in Bangalore on December 1, 2020.(AFP)
Activists belonging to various human and civil rights organisations hold placards during a demonstration condemning the decision of various Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) led state governments in the country for the proposed passing of laws against "Love Jihad" in Bangalore on December 1, 2020.(AFP)

Love or ‘jihad’? A consent dilemma

By Dhrubo Jyoti and Rohit K Singh | Hindustan Times, New Delhi/ Lucknow
UPDATED ON DEC 23, 2020 04:29 AM IST
A new Uttar Pradesh law that is sweeping in its remit of forced conversions puts to the test the fibre of interfaith unions and the future of Hindu-Muslim couples.
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The woman’s father said in his FIR that a Muslim man, posing as a Hindu, married his daughter.(Getty Images)
The woman’s father said in his FIR that a Muslim man, posing as a Hindu, married his daughter.(Getty Images)

FIR filed against man who hid his religion for marriage: UP Police

By HT Correspondent | Kanpur, Hindustan Times
PUBLISHED ON DEC 20, 2020 12:09 PM IST
The complaint was registered after the woman’s father, accompanied by local BJP leaders, approached the police. The accused is on the run.
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The recently-promulgated Uttar Pradesh Prohibition of Unlawful Conversion of Religion Ordinance nullifies marriages if they are carried out for the sole purpose of religious conversion.(PTI representative image)
The recently-promulgated Uttar Pradesh Prohibition of Unlawful Conversion of Religion Ordinance nullifies marriages if they are carried out for the sole purpose of religious conversion.(PTI representative image)

Court orders release of 2 brothers held under anti-conversion law

By Press Trust of India | Posted by Deepali Sharma | Moradabad
UPDATED ON DEC 19, 2020 02:49 PM IST
Meanwhile, the mother-in-law alleged that Pinki suffered miscarriage after she was tortured at the government shelter home.
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According to a 21-year-old woman’s father, the arrested accused abducted her and raped her multiple times.(REPRESENTATIVE PHOTO)
According to a 21-year-old woman’s father, the arrested accused abducted her and raped her multiple times.(REPRESENTATIVE PHOTO)

Man held after Odisha family alleges ‘love jihad’: Police

By Debabrata Mohanty
PUBLISHED ON DEC 19, 2020 06:30 AM IST
The incident comes in the backdrop of a raging debate over “love jihad”, a term used by right-wing activists to describe marital relationships between Muslim men and Hindu women, though the courts and the Union government do not officially recognise the term.
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This is the first time that a person booked under the new law approached the Allahabad high court .(Getty Images/iStockphoto)
This is the first time that a person booked under the new law approached the Allahabad high court .(Getty Images/iStockphoto)

Allahabad high court stays man’s arrest under ‘love jihad’ law

By HT Correspondent | Hindustan Times, Prayagraj
PUBLISHED ON DEC 19, 2020 05:24 AM IST
It was alleged in the FIR that the accused developed a relationship with the complainant’s wife with the purpose of converting her religion by marriage.
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Allahabad High Court has fixed January 7 as the next date of hearing in the case pertaining to UP’s new law banning ‘Love Jihad’.(PTI Ph)
Allahabad High Court has fixed January 7 as the next date of hearing in the case pertaining to UP’s new law banning ‘Love Jihad’.(PTI Ph)

UP’s anti-conversion law premised on overturned court verdict, hears HC

By Jitendra Sarin | Edited by Abhinav Sahay | Hindustan Times, Prayagraj
UPDATED ON DEC 18, 2020 04:10 PM IST
The petition requested the court to declare the ordinance beyond the legal remit of the Constitution and sought that the State doesn’t take any action under the new law during the pendency of the petition.
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According to the plea, the 21-year-old Hindu woman met the 25-year-old Muslim man at a coaching centre in Shahjahanpur.(Shutterstock image)
According to the plea, the 21-year-old Hindu woman met the 25-year-old Muslim man at a coaching centre in Shahjahanpur.(Shutterstock image)

Delhi HC grants protection to interfaith couple from UP

By Richa Banka | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
PUBLISHED ON DEC 17, 2020 07:20 AM IST
The plea alleged that the woman’s parents and relatives tortured her physically and mentally. Fearing harassment, the couple reached Delhi on December 11 and contacted an NGO.
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The girl being questioned by members of saffron brigade in presence of policemen. (HT Photo)
The girl being questioned by members of saffron brigade in presence of policemen. (HT Photo)

‘Love jihad’ charge fake, admin behind miscarriage: UP woman

By S Raju | Hindustan Times, Meerut
UPDATED ON DEC 16, 2020 02:11 AM IST
Jahan was the first woman detained under the UP Prohibition Of Unlawful Conversion Of Religion Ordinance 2020, which outlaws religious conversions by marriage, coercion or enticement.
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The girl being questioned by members of saffron brigade in presence of policemen. (HT Photo)
The girl being questioned by members of saffron brigade in presence of policemen. (HT Photo)

Woman detained under UP’s new law against ‘love jihad’ suffers miscarriage

By S Raju | Hindustan Times, Meerut
UPDATED ON DEC 13, 2020 11:06 PM IST
Muskan Jahan (Hindu name Pinki) is also the first woman detained under UP prohibition of unlawful conversion of religion ordinance 2020. She had converted to Islam after marrying a Muslim.
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The ordinance, said the plea, gives a license to police authorities to terrorise and harass inter-faith couples who want to exercise their right to marry according to their choice, under the guise of “love jihad”, a term used by right-wing activists to describe a relationship between a Muslim man and a Hindu woman.(HT Archive)
The ordinance, said the plea, gives a license to police authorities to terrorise and harass inter-faith couples who want to exercise their right to marry according to their choice, under the guise of “love jihad”, a term used by right-wing activists to describe a relationship between a Muslim man and a Hindu woman.(HT Archive)

Plea filed against UP’s ‘love jihad’ law in HC

By HT Correspondents | Hindustan Times, Prayagraj/New Delhi
UPDATED ON DEC 12, 2020 03:20 AM IST
The petition, filed by advocate Saurabh Kumar, also sought an immediate stay on the operation of the Uttar Pradesh Prohibition of Unlawful Conversion of Religion Ordinance, 2020, apart from directions to the state government to not take any coercive action against individuals, including registration of FIRs.
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