Amroha Court serves five-year jail term in UP’s anti-conversion law
A court in Amroha has served a five-year jail term to a 26-year-old carpenter under
the Uttar Pradesh Prohibition of Unlawful Conversion of Religion Act, 2021.
Additional Director General of Police, Prosecution, Ashutosh Pandey, confirmed that since the introduction of the new law in December 2021, the conviction by the Amroha court was the first under the new law.
Amroha Additional District Judge (POCSO court), Kapila Raghav on Saturday announced a jail term of five years for Afzal and imposed a penalty of Rs.40,000.
Gajendra Pal Singh, Investigation Officer at Hasanpur police station, said that on April 4, 2021, Amroha police had arrested Afzal from Delhi and booked him under Uttar Pradesh’s anti-conversion law for allegedly kidnapping a 16-year-old girl belonging to another community.
“The girl’s father, who ran a plant nursery, had claimed that his daughter had left home for work but did not return. He had also told the police that two locals had spotted her with a youth.
The girl’s family had told the police that they knew the girl was in regular touch with Afzal, who used to visit her father’s nursery to purchase plants.
The police then filed a case against Afzal and charged him with kidnapping and invoked the anti-conversion law.
[With Inputs from IANS]
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How about a prison sentence for converting from one party to another!
Of course politicians will not pass such a law , especially when it hurts their pockets.