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Uttar Pradesh passes ordinance against love jihad

In cases of forced mass conversions, the ordinance provides for jail term of 3-10 years with Rs 50,000 penalty. If a person wants to perform marriage after converting into any other religion, they will need to take permission from DM 2 months before marriage.

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Uttar Pradesh became the first state in the country to act against so-called love jihad, which has been a right-wing call for mobilisation, all these years across the country.  The Uttar Pradesh cabinet met this evening and passed the Uttar Pradesh Unlawful Religious Conversion Prohibition Ordinance 2020.

Conversion forced or by fraud will be punishable by imprisonment of five years or a fine of Rs 15,000. If the woman is from a marginalised community, the terms of imprisonment will increase up to 10 years in jail and Rs 25,000 fine. The similar term and a fine of Rs 50,000 will apply for mass conversions.

The Uttar Pradesh Unlawful Religious Conversion Prohibition Ordinance 2020 says religious conversions using falsehood, lure of money or coercion or converting only to marry will be declared a crime.  Unlike other laws under which names of the prospective grooms and brides are published a month ahead of the wedding, those who plan to change their religion after marriage will need to inform the district magistrate two months ahead.

All cases field under this UP ordinance will be non-bailable. Further, the person converting or changing their religion will have to prove that the conversion is not just for marrying and was not forced upon them against their wishes. The dogwhistle campaigns have long been that Muslim men lure Hindu women by pretending to be Hindu and then when they fall in love, force them to convert before or after marriage.

In this context, several states have been moving towards formulating a law against alleged love jihad. From Karnataka to Madhya Pradesh to Haryana to Uttarakhand to Himachal Pradesh, almost all BJP-ruled states have been threatening to create such a law.

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UP Minister Siddharth Nath Singh said framing a law was necessary for the state since the government was looking at some 100 cases where conversion was forced.

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Thief snatches gold chain from woman’s neck in Rajasthan, video recorded on CCTV | Watch

According to reports, the police were informed about the incident after which the CO CT Deepchand reached the place of the crime to investigate the matter further. It was reported that the police have assessed the CCTV footage and have also looked into the nearby CCTV footage of the area to nab the perpetrator.

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A video has reportedly come to the light from Rajasthan’s Bikaner where a woman sitting on a scooter with her son was subjected to theft after a man out of nowhere snatched the chain off of the woman’s neck. The incident is reportedly from Nayashehar Area where a scooty-borne woman had parked near a shop to buy something.

In the video, a scooter-borne woman, along with her kid, can be seen waiting outside a shop where another man can also be seen standing. The woman while waiting for the shopkeeper to fetch her the things she wanted to buy, was taken aback by the nearby man.

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The man, out of nowhere, snatched the gold chain of the woman and dashed away and after taking a bit to process what happened, the woman chased after him, leaving her young son behind on the scooter. The shopkeeper can also be seen rushing outside to see what happened.

Police action

According to reports, the police were informed about the incident after which the CO CT Deepchand reached the place of the crime to investigate the matter further. It was reported that the police have assessed the CCTV footage and have also looked into the nearby CCTV footage of the area to nab the perpetrator.

Twitter reaction

After the video went viral many users came forward to remark on the incident one user came forward and victim blamed the woman in the video by stating that despite women repeatedly being told to be vigil and alert and to abstain from wearing gold jewelry, they still continue to be conscious at all, implying that it was the woman’s fault that she was robbed.

Another user added to the conversation with a novel take and highlighted how she abandoned her son to chase after the thief and termed her as a mad woman, suggesting how she should have been mindful of her child before resorting to drastic measures.

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Bank holidays in December 2022: Banks to remain closed for 14 days, check full list here

Those who are planning to visit banks this month should go through the holiday calendar first to avoid any inconvenience.

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Bank holidays in December 2022: Banks to remain closed for 14 days, check full list here

Banks will be closed for up to 14 days in December. Those who are planning to visit banks this month should go through the holiday calendar first to avoid any inconvenience.

Both private and government banks will be shut for 14 days in the upcoming month but online banking services will be available on all occasions. Banks holidays may differ from state to state. Goa Liberation Day, Christmas, and Guru Gobind Singh Ji’s birthday are some of the occasions when banks will be closed.

Here’s the list of bank holidays in December 2022.

December 3: Banks will remain closed in Panaji, Goa on the occasion of the Feast of St Francis Xavier. December 4: First Sunday of the month.

December 10: Second Saturday of the month. December 11: Second Sunday of the month.

December 12: Banks will remain closed in Shillong and largely around Meghalaya, to commemorate Pa-Togan Nengminja Sangma on the Garo tribe leader’s death anniversary.

December 18: Third Sunday of the month.

December 19: Banks in Panaji (Goa) are listed to remain shut on the occasion of Goa Liberation Day.

December 24: While banks in Shillong and around Meghalaya are listed to remain shut on the occasion of the Christmas Festival (Christmas Eve), banks in other parts of the country will also be non-operational as the day is the fourth Saturday of the month.

December 25: Fourth Sunday of the month.

December 26: In Aizawl (Mizoram), Gangtok (Sikkim), and Shillong (Meghalaya) banks will remain closed on Christmas Celebration/Losoong/Namsoong.

December 29: Banks across Chandigarh will be shut to mark Guru Gobind Singh’s Birthday.

December 30: On U Kiang Nangbah banks will be closed in and around Shillong to commemorate the freedom fighter.

December 31: Banks in Aizawl and across Mizoram will be shut to mark the celebration of New Year’s Eve.

RBI has divided holidays into three categories: Holiday under the Negotiable Instruments Act, Holiday under the Negotiable Instruments Act and Real-Time Gross Settlement Holidays, and Banks’ Closing of Accounts.

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80-year-old dies during police raid at residence of wanted criminal in Jharkhand’s Khunti, magisterial inquiry underway

According to the reports, the Torpa police reached the home of the wanted criminal, Izhar Ansari alias Kalu, to nab him who was accused of selling banned meat.

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80-year-old dies during police raid at residence of wanted criminal in Jharkhand's Khunti, magisterial inquiry underway

An 80-year-old man died while the police were conducting a raid at the home of a wanted criminal in Jharkhand. The incident happened in Rodo Islampur village of Khunti district at around 12:30 pm on Saturday.

According to the reports, the Torpa police reached the home of the wanted criminal, Izhar Ansari alias Kalu, to nab him. However, Kalu’s father, Mohd Nizamuddin Ansari, died during the raid. The police were on a mission to arrest Kalu, who was accused of selling banned meat.

Reportedly, Torpa police station in-charge Satyajit Kumar along with other officials reached Rodo village to arrest Kalu. When they reached his home, the doors were locked. Initially, the police asked the family to open the door, but when no one opened it for about an hour, they broke it.

The villagers allege that the police barged into the house of Kalu by breaking three doors. Kalu’s wife, children, father and other members were present in the house. The villagers alleged that Kalu’s father suffered a heart attack when he heard the policemen’s voice.

Soon after, the villagers and Kalu’s relatives got furious and created a ruckus. The villagers blamed the police for Kalu’s father’s demise.

A family member said those people came inside and behaved very rudely. She said the police entered the house with a camera and when she asked them not to shoot because there are girls, they said they will blur their picture. She said she requested them not to create chaos because there are two patients in the house.

She claimed that they asked for the license but they didn’t show and entered the house. She stated that they dragged out her grandfather, who was the heart patient and he died on spot. They also used abusive language, she added.

After getting the information, SDO Aniket Sachan, LRDC Jitendra Munda, SDPO, and other officers reached the location at around 2:30 pm and tried to pacify the situation. Khunti SP Aman Kumar said prima facie states police were not involved in the death of a senior citizen.

Based on the allegations by the family members, SP Kumar said a case has been registered, and a magisterial inquiry will also be conducted in this regard.

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