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MP Religious Freedom Act 2020 Challenged in High Court

Pervez Bari | India Tomorrow

BHOPAL—Madhya Pradesh unit of National Confederation of Human Rights Organizations (NCHRO) has challenged the Madhya Pradesh Religious Freedom Act, 2020, infamously known as ‘Love Jihad Law’ in Jabalpur High Court.

The petition filed by NCHRO president Aradhana Bhargava has requested the court to declare the Religious Freedom Act 2020 as “unconstitutional”, stating that the “law is against constitutional values”.

The petition stated that the clauses of the said law are against the provisions of Chapter III of the Indian Constitution.

The petition said that Article 25 of the Constitution gives every citizen the right to adopt any religion as per his wish, to follow it and to propagate it. But the Religious Freedom Act 2020 violates this right of citizens as provided by the Constitution. Therefore, this law is against the values ​​and provisions of the Indian Constitution.

It should be noted here that since the Ordinance was passed by the Governor of Madhya Pradesh earlier in the above context, there has been a spurt in religious conversion cases wherein large number of persons belonging to minority community have been targetted.

Keeping this in view, the said writ petition has sought to reject the Religious Freedom Act 2020 and to declare it as ultra vires to the Constitution.

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