The Chief Minister's statement comes just a day after BJP National General Secretary CT Ravi said that Karnataka would bring in a legislation to criminalise religious conversion “for the sake of marriage”.

BS Yediyurappa sitting in his office He is wearing a white shirt and rests his left hand on the arm rest of his chair He seems to be responding to a question Representation photo
news Politics Thursday, November 05, 2020 - 16:17

Karnataka Chief Minister BS Yediyurappa on Thursday said the government will take strong measures to put an end to religious conversion in the name of "love jihad."

"In recent days there are media reports about religious conversion in the name of love jihad in Karnataka. I have discussed this with officials before coming here. What other states have done or not done is a different matter, but in Karnataka we will have to put an end to it," Yediyurappa said.

Addressing the BJP state executive meeting in Mangaluru, he said, his government was mulling taking strong steps against such activities.

"Young girls of the state are being lured in the name of love and money and are being converted to other religions, we have considered it seriously. After thorough review, we will take a strong measure," he added.

Karnataka Home Minister Basavaraj Bommai on Wednesday had said the government was considering a law against religious conversion for the sake of marriage. He also said that the state government would wait to see what other states do in this regard before taking any steps. 

BJP National General Secretary CT Ravi on Tuesday tweeted that Karnataka would enact a law banning religious conversions “for the sake of marriage” based on the Allahabad High Court’s observations regarding the same in a case it recently dismissed. 

"We will not remain silent when jihadis strip the dignity of our sisters. Anyone involved in the act of conversion shall face severe and swift punishment," he had tweeted.

The Allahabad High Court had recently said in a case that conversion just for the sake of marriage is not valid.

The court made the remark while dismissing a plea by a newly married couple.

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