SC refuses to stay UP, Uttarakhand love jihad laws, issues notices to states

SC refuses to stay UP, Uttarakhand love jihad laws, issues notices to states

The Supreme Court on Wednesday declined to put a stay on laws against the so-called practice of 'love jihad' brought in by the state governments of Uttar Pradesh and Uttarakhand.

Hearing pleas against the laws, the Supreme Court issued notices to both states on the challenges to their respective laws.

Chief Justice of India SA Bobde issued notices to Uttarakhand and UP, and said similar petitions are pending before the Allahabad High Court and the Uttarakhand High Court.

"We are saying you go to the high court and then come here. We are not saying you have a bad case," the court told the petitioners.

The court has scheduled the next hearing after four weeks.

The PILs were filed in the Supreme Court to challenge the UP government's Prohibition of Unlawful Religious Conversion ordinance, 2020, and the Uttarakhand Freedom of Religion Act, 2018.

The petitions have claimed that UP government's 'love jihad' law and the Uttarakhand law violate the fundamental right to privacy under Article 21 and freedom to practise religion under Article 25.

The pleas also argue that the 'love jihad' ordinance passed by the UP government and the Uttarakhand law violate the provisions of the Special Marriage Act by placing restrictions on inter-religious marriage, and "would create fear" in society.

In addition, the plea claims the law would "be a potent tool in the hands of bad elements of the society to use this ordinance to falsely implicate anyone