A batch of petitions challenging the Uttar Pradesh Prohibition of Unlawful Religious Conversion Ordinance, 2020, has been dismissed as 'withdrawn' by Allahabad Hign Court. The court said that these cases were filed for challenging the constitutional validity of the Ordinance and not the Act.
Additional Advocate General Manish Goyal, who appeared on behalf of the Government, said, “The court has dismissed the pleas as withdrawn, having been infructuous as the Act has come into force, while the petitions that have been dismissed were challenging the Ordinance.”
On November 24, 2020, the UP cabinet had cleared the Uttar Pradesh Prohibition of Unlawful Religious Conversion Ordinance, 2020. In March 2021, the Ordinance became an Act after it was passed by the State Assembly. Under this Act, a marriage will be declared “null and void” if the conversion is solely for that purpose, and those wishing to change their religion after marriage need to apply to the district magistrate.
According to the Act, no person shall convert, either directly or indirectly from one religion to another by use or practice of misrepresentation, force, undue influence, coercion, allurement or by any fraudulent means or by marriage nor shall any person abet, convince or conspire such conversion.