Yogi Adityanath: ’10 yr jail for religious conversion, but Ghar Wapsi…’

Mumbai, Jan 30 (PTI) Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath on Monday said that no power in the world can stop India’s progress if we end caste and regional discrimination.

The UP CM was speaking at the ‘Banjara Kumbh 2023’ program at Jamner in Jalgaon district, about 415 km from here. A large number of leaders of the Banjara community as well as the office bearers of the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh were present.

“We have to remove caste and regional discrimination and not use any divisive tactics, then no power in the world can stop our progress,” Adityanath said.

Speaking on the topic of religious conversions, the Uttar Pradesh chief minister said that his state has a strict law against such activities, with offenders being jailed for up to 10 years.

In November 2020, the Uttar Pradesh Prohibition of Religion Act came into force in the country’s most populous state.

“There are some people with deceitful mindset who convert, but we have to work together to stop them. With sabka saath, sabka vikas, sabka vishwas and sabka prayas, we can defeat their objective,” Adityanath said.

“In Uttar Pradesh, now no one can convert (fraudulently or illegally). If found doing so, an offender will face jail for 10 years.”
However, if a convert wants to come back (ghar wapsi), the law does not apply (will not be punished) to such persons. He may or may not become a Hindu again,” he claimed.

He also claimed that the country is blessed with ‘Sanatan Dharma’, which is the oldest religion in the world and paves the way for the welfare of humanity.
Sanatan Dharm means humanity, Adityanath asserted.

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