Uttar Pradesh Assembly passed a Prohibition of Unlawful Conversion Bill 2021 by a voice vote. The bill will now be sent to the UP Legislative Council for its approval before it becomes an Act after a formal nod by the Governor.
In November 2020, State Government had promulgated an ordinance and made unlawful religious conversion a cognizable and a non-bailable offence. Since the ordinance came into effect, UP Police has registered 14 cases and made 51 arrests, of whom 49 are in jail. Of these 14 cases, 13 involve Hindu women allegedly pressured to convert to Islam.
Several states, including Arunachal Pradesh, Odisha, Madhya Pradesh, Chhattisgarh, Gujarat, Himachal Pradesh, Jharkhand, and Uttarakhand, already have in place "anti-conversion laws" that regulate religious conversion.