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Ordinances that mocked the Constitution Were they promulgated as per prescribed procedure?

In Indian Constitution, the power to enact laws has been primarily given to Parliament and state legislatures as they enjoy the mandate of the public vote in their respective territories. At the same time, to meet the extraordinary situations demanding immediate enactment of laws, the Constitution empowers the President and Governors to enact laws in…

“Love Jihad” laws curb individual and collective freedoms A comparative table of Anti-Conversion laws of four Indian states

As the courts of law gear up to hear petitions against new anti-conversion laws of Uttar Pradesh and Uttarakhand, the States of Himachal Pradesh and Madhya Pradesh have also formulated their anti-conversion or ‘love-jihad’ laws. While the common thread in these four laws is that they make religious conversion by marriage to be illegal, there…

क्या संवैधानिक कसौटी पर खरा उतर पाएगा यूपी का ‘लव जिहाद’ विरोधी कानून? अध्यादेश व्यक्ति की आज़ादी, स्वायत्तता, निजता और पसंद के अधिकार के खिलाफ

यूपी का ग़ैरक़ानूनी धर्मांतरण प्रतिबंध अध्यादेश, 2020 को नवंबर के आखिर में गवर्नर ने मंजूरी दे दी है. कानून बनने के बाद इसके तहत अब तक दो लोगों के खिलाफ मुकदमे दर्ज हो चुके हैं यूपी के बाद उसी तर्ज़ पर अब मध्य प्रदेश, हरियाणा, कर्नाटक और असम भी ऐसे ही ‘लव जिहाद विरोधी’ कानून…

“Be Wise and in Love” – The Sovereign An assessment of Laws on Interfaith Marital Unions and Freedom of Marriage in India 2020

Abstract: The present paper aims to understand the legal jurisprudence around interfaith marriages in India by analysing recent legislations passed by several States. It further discusses the roots of such legislations, ideology behind them and what purpose they seek to achieve viś-a-viś the secular Special Marriage Act which is already in effect. The author tries…

Love Jihad: The Ordinance and Constitutionality A detailed analysis of a deeply communal and sexist law

Tracing the history of anti-conversion laws from the 1960s to the enactments to ‘prevent love jihad’ legislation, Senior Advocate and Human Rights Defender Desai argues how these laws, seen historically, are a transformation from a hesitant Hindu right wing nationalism to a highly bellicose- no holds barred avatar evidenced at present; all in all, a litmus…

‘लव जेहाद’ का शोर मचा कर कुचली जा रही है महिलाओं की आज़ादी और गरिमा प्रजावाणी

अफ़ग़ानिस्तान में बामियान के बुद्ध को तालेबान की ओर से डाइनामाइट से उड़ा देने के ठीक दो साल पांच महीने पहले यानी 6 अक्टूबर 1998 को मैंने गुजरात के डीजीपी सी. पी. सिंह का इंटरव्यू लिया था. 2001 में काबुल से 130 किलोमीटर उत्तर-पश्चिम में स्थापित गांधार शैली में बनी बुद्ध की यह मूर्ति तालेबान…

UP’s Anti-Love Jihad law: Is it Constitutional? Ordinance contravenes freedom of liberty, autonomy, privacy and choice

The new Uttar Pradesh Prohibition of Unlawful Conversion of Religion Ordinance 2020, that received the Governor’s assent late November, has already led to two people being booked under it. After Uttar Pradesh, States like Madhya Pradesh, Haryana, Karnataka, Assam are planning to come up with similar ‘anti-Love Jihad’ laws to criminalise religious conversions by marriage. An…

VHP accuses Minority School of failing students who did not convert, School denies allegation: Bareilly Join CJP's campaign for #HateFreeElections

Parents of students from a reputed Bareilly cantt. school have alleged that their children, who are students of class 9th and 11th, were failed because there was pressure of religious conversion on them. A report published in the daily newspaper Amar Ujala claims that there was major chaos in said school (but does not name the school), because…

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