Lucknow, Nov. 23 -- The Uttar Pradesh government has drafted a proposed law that seeks to make marriages null and void if they are found to involve forced religious conversion.

The draft 'Prohibition of Unlawful Conversion Bill, 2020' is aimed at curbing the alleged trend of love jihad - or an alleged conspiracy involving the conversion of Hindu women to Islam under the garb of love and marriage.

The draft bill has been formulated by the state's Home department and forwarded to the Law department. The bill, it is learnt, will soon be presented before the state cabinet."

The proposal law provides for five years of jail and Rs 15,000 as fine for forced conversion, including through marriage.

If a woman is converted only for the purpose of...