Almost 4 days after the primary case was lodged beneath Uttar Pradesh’s new legislation towards compelled and dishonest spiritual conversions, the Muslim man was arrested in Bareilly district, senior police officers mentioned Wednesday.
Owaish Ahmad, 21, was arrested after police raids at his hideouts. The accused was produced in a reliable courtroom and despatched to jail, mentioned deputy inspector normal of police, Bareilly Vary, Rajesh Kumar Pandey.
The case was lodged at Devraniya police station of Bareilly on November 28 hours after Uttar Pradesh governor Anandiben Patel signed the ordinance into legislation.
The legislation has provisions to test spiritual conversions carried out by “allurement, coercion, pressure, fraud, or marriage”.
A press release by the Bareilly police mentioned Owaish was booked Indian Penal Code (IPC) sections 504 for insulting an individual and 506 for legal intimidation in addition to Part three/5 of the Uttar Pradesh Prohibition of Illegal Conversion of Faith Ordinance, 2020, that got here into impact final Saturday.
The arrest was made by a staff led by inspector in-charge of Devraniya police station Daya Shanker.
A senior police official mentioned the accused was additionally booked beneath (IPC sections 363/366 ) for elopement of a minor lady in 2019.
He mentioned the lady (now grownup), was recovered safely later however the accused allegedly stored on mounting stress on her even after that.
“In the identical matter, the lady’s father Tikaram Rathore of Sharifnagar village had lodged the recent FIR towards the accused of mounting stress on his daughter to transform to Islam,” he added.
He mentioned the complainant had said within the FIR that the accused hurled abusive remarks and threatened the household with dire penalties on going through opposition to his strikes for spiritual conversion of the girl. He mentioned the complainant and the accused are from the identical village and the incident had affected communal concord within the locality.
The state cupboard had cleared the ordinance earlier this month, concentrating on what many right-wing outfits time period ‘love jihad’, the place Muslim males marry Hindu ladies to allegedly get the latter ti change her faith after marriage.
In response to the brand new legislation, marriages the place the intention is to vary the girl’s faith, might be declared null and void. Beneath the brand new legislation, violations have been made a cognizable and non-bailable offence.
It additionally authorises the aggrieved individuals’ dad and mom, siblings or shut kin to file an FIR over violation of the provisions of the legislation.