A man arrested over unlawful conversion allegations became the first accused convicted under the Uttar Pradesh Prohibition of Unlawful Conversion of Religion Act, 2021. Amroha court sentenced him a five-year jail and also imposed a fine of Rs 40,000 on the accused.
Investigation officer at Hasanpur police station, Gajendra Pal Singh noted that Amroha police had arrested the accused, Afzal on April 4, 2021, from Delhi and booked him under Uttar Pradesh Prohibition of Unlawful Conversion of Religion Act, 2021, for allegedly kidnapping a 16-year-old girl who belonged to another community, Times Now reported.
Several cases have been registered under the law prohibiting unlawful conversion in Uttar Pradesh. These cases are under investigation. However, this first conviction proved the existence of forced conversions in Uttar Pradesh and also highlighted the need for a law to curb such crimes.