The Madhya Pradesh Government on Saturday notified ‘The Madhya Pradesh Freedom of Religion Act, 2020’ in order to curtail the incidents of forceful religious conversions and cheating on the pretext of marriage.
This Act passed by the State Legislative Assembly after seeking assent from the Governor has been promulgated and published in the Madhya Pradesh Gazette (Extraordinary) on March 27.
The Act has replaced the ordinance passed by the state cabinet in December last year and promulgated in January, 2021.
The Madhya Pradesh Freedom of Religion Act also has a provision that a person who wants to convert to another religion, has to apply with the District Magistrate 60 days in advance. The person who is converting to another religion has to tell that he/she wants to convert his/her religion by their own free will and not under any pressure or influence.
The Act has a provision of three to 10 years of imprisonment and a fine of Rs 50,000 in cases of marriage carried out by hiding one’s religion.