Karnataka chief minister BS Yediyurappa on Thursday said that the government would bring in laws on interfaith marriage and against cow slaughter in the state.
The CM said that women were being lured to transform in the name of love and that strong steps would be taken to enact a law to prevent this. “We are discussing with our party leaders in addition to with officials to put in place an effective law to prevent such instances,” he said.
To make sure, devout conversion is safe by law and is a state subject. While a bunch of states have already got laws in place that make conversion through inducement,or deception an offence that invites a prison term, the RSS and a couple of BJP-ruled states want laws that specifically handle conversion through interfaith marriage.
BJP national general secretary C T Ravi in a tweet had recently said that on lines of Allahabad HC’s order, Karnataka will enact a law banning devout conversions for the sake of marriage.
The CM also pointed out that an anti-cow slaughter law implemented by the BJP government in 2008 had been repealed by the subsequent Congress government. “This time we can bring an even more stronger anti-cow slaughter law.” He alternatively did not indicate a timeline on when these laws would be implemented but said it would be done ‘soon.’