Rights and wrongs of anti-conversion law(s) juxtaposing ‘Honour’ with women’s agency

Uma, Saumya and Saxena, Niti (2021) Rights and wrongs of anti-conversion law(s) juxtaposing ‘Honour’ with women’s agency. Economic and Political Weekly, 56 (1). pp. 15-18. ISSN 129976

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The legal ramifications of the recently promulgated Uttar Pradesh Prohibition of Unlawful Conversion of Religion Ordinance, 2020 are examined by juxtaposing popular perceptions of inter-religious marriages as “dishonourable” to the concerned families and communities, with a feminist perspective of women’s agency and exercise of choice in marriage. The key to preventing the phenomenon of conversion for marriage lies not in enacting draconian legislations that arm the state machinery with arbitrary powers, but in streamlining and simplifying procedures under the Special Marriage Act, 1954 that allow for inter-religious marriages without religious conversion of either person.

Item Type: Article
Keywords: Love jihad | Inter-faith marriages | Religious conversion | Women's rights | Patriarchy | Hindu-Muslim
Subjects: Social Sciences and humanities > Social Sciences > Law and Legal Studies
JGU School/Centre: Jindal Global Law School
Depositing User: Mr. Syed Anas
Date Deposited: 31 Dec 2021 10:20
Last Modified: 19 Feb 2022 09:27
Official URL: https://www.epw.in/journal/2021/1/commentary/right...
URI: https://pure.jgu.edu.in/id/eprint/508


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