Rajasthan High Court ,India issues guidelines on religious conversion
The guidelines were delivered during the hearing of a case of alleged 'love jihad' by the division bench of Jodhpur High Court.Rajasthan High Court on Friday charted out stringent guidelines for religious conversion through marriage in the state.In the hearing of a petition on love jihad filed by one Chirag Singhvi, the division bench comprising of Justices Gopalkrishna Vyas and Vineet Mathur issued a ten-point guideline to be followed by those seeking religious conversion.
Rajasthan High Court issues guidelines on religious conversion
1Rajasthan HC has set out ten guidelines for religious conversions.
2Religious conversion will not be possible without informing district collector: Court.
3This decision is being considered as one which may help in preventing forcible conversions.
The Jodhpur Bench of Rajasthan High Court, in an unprecedented decision, has set out ten guidelines for religious conversions.
As per the Court's directive, religious conversion will not be possible without informing the district collector.
The guidelines were delivered during the hearing of a case of alleged 'love jehad' by the division bench of Jodhpur High Court.
A family in Jodhpur had approached the high court claiming that their daughter was a victim of 'love jihad' and was forced into religious conversion.
Interestingly, the court allowed the girl to live with the boy as she had claimed that she decided to get married with the boy out of her own will.
However, as per the fresh issuance of guidelines by the court, getting married after conversion won't be an easy task from now on.
The court, as per the guidelines, mentioned that a person who has converted his religion shall solemnise the marriage/nikah after one week of conversion.
The collector has also been directed to take appropriate action in case of forceful conversion. As per the Rajasthan High Court, the guidelines will be in effect till the time a law governing religious conversions is formulated.
As per the guidelines, a person desiring to change his/her religion shall provide information to the district collector/SDM/SDO of the concerned city and sub-divisional area prior to conversion.
As per the details, those who intend to change their religion should satisfy the niceties of conversion.
The decision of Rajasthan High Court is being considered as one which may help in preventing forcible conversions.