Uttarakhand Chief Minister Pushkar Singh Dhami on Thursday directed police authorities to be extra strict in instances of pressured spiritual conversion and “love jihad” — or marriage involving a Hindu girl and a Muslim man allegedly towards her will.
He additionally instructed the police to be strict in implementing the Uttarakhand Freedom of Faith Act, 2018 (Uttarakhand Dharm Swatantrata Adhiniyam, 2018).
After a overview assembly of state police, Dhami advised the media, “There’s already a regulation on spiritual conversion…(we) will act extra strictly on that. We held discussions on it.”
Dhami additionally mentioned, “Legislation and the police will act strictly on love jihad and we are going to make the regulation stricter.”
A senior police officer mentioned that just a few instances have been registered underneath the 2018 regulation lately and there’s a must make individuals aware of this regulation and strictly implement its provisions to forestall incidents of pressured spiritual conversions and alleged love jihad.
In a gathering with the Vishwa Hindu Parishad in April, Dhami’s predecessor, Tirath Singh Rawat, had additionally raised concern concerning the prevalence of “love jihad” within the state. Dhami had changed Rawat as chief minister in July.
In Thursday’s assembly with the authorities on the police headquarters, Dhami additionally launched two cellular purposes — ‘Public Eye’ and ‘Mission Gaura Shakti’. Whereas the previous app will assist individuals ship photos and movies of crime to the police and report about violation of regulation, the latter will allow girls to hunt police assist in emergency conditions and report crime towards them, in keeping with data.