The Supreme Court on Wednesday has sought the Centre & states' response on a plea filed by seeking a direction to declare the ordinances, The Uttar Pradesh Prohibition of Unlawful Conversion of Religion Ordinance
Last month, the Uttar Pradesh Cabinet approved an ordinance to stop the incidents of so-called 'love jihad'. Under this, there is a provision for imprisonment for a maximum period of 10 years and fine for the marriage by deceit, fraud, seduction or forced conversion.
The division bench of Chief Justice Govind Mathur and Justice Piyush Agrawal has asked the UP Government to file a counter affidavit by January 4. Earlier, Saurabh Kumar's PIL has urged for the cancellation of the ordinance , as morally and constitutionally illegal.
The 22-year-old woman was produced before a magistrate on Monday, where she said she is an adult and married Rashid, a Muslim youth, of her own will. She submitted that she had married him on July 24 this year in Dehradun. Pinki demanded the administration release her husband and brother-in-law.
The Supreme Court has stayed the contempt proceedings which was sought to be initiated against Maharashtra Governor Bhagat Singh Koshyari by the Uttarakhand High Court which had issued a notice on the same.