Lucknow: Uttar Pradesh Governor Anandiben Patel on Saturday gave assent to an ordinance against forcible or “dishonest” religious conversions known as the UP Prohibition of Unlawful Conversion of Religion Ordinance, 2020.Also Read - Women Free to Live Wherever, With Whoever They Want: Delhi HC Quashes 'Love Jihad' Case

The Uttar Pradesh government on Tuesday approved a draft ordinance to curb forcible or dishonest religious conversions including those for the sake of marriage, which could land violators in jail for up to 10 years. Also Read - Love Jihad Will Not Be Allowed In Madhya Pradesh At Any Cost, Says CM Shivraj Singh Chouhan | WATCH

According to the draft ordinance, which is now a law after its promulgation by the state Governor, those wishing to change their religion after marriage need to apply to the district magistrate. Also Read - Uttar Pradesh Cabinet Clears Ordinance Against 'Love jihad', to Check Forced Religious Conversion

Under the law, a marriage will be declared null and void if the conversion of a woman is solely for that purpose.

The UP Cabinet gave its nod to the proposed law roughly translated from Hindi as Uttar Pradesh Prohibition of Illegal Conversion Ordinance 2020 — at its meeting chaired in Lucknow by Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath.

In recent weeks, BJP-run states like Uttar Pradesh, Haryana and Madhya Pradesh have revealed plans to enact laws to counter alleged attempts to convert Hindu women to Islam in the guise of marriage, which party leaders often refer to as ‘love jihad’.