A court in Uttar Pradesh’s Amroha on Saturday sentenced a 26-year-old carpenter to five years in prison. The man was arrested under the state’s conversion law.
According to the English newspaper ‘The Indian Express’, the accused named Afzal was accused of kidnapping a 16-year-old girl from another community in April last year. The girl was retrieved on Afzal’s orders.
Uttar Pradesh Additional Director General of Police (Prosecution) Ashutosh Pandey has said that this is the first punishment received under the state’s conversion law.
Afzal, a resident of Sambhal, was on bail and was arrested on Friday after which the court convicted him.
Amroha’s special public prosecutor Basant Singh Saini said, “Afzal had given his name to the girl as ‘Arman Kohli’. His real identity was revealed later.”
“On Saturday, Additional District Judge Kapila Raghav sentenced Afzal to five years in prison,” Saini said. He said a total of seven prosecution witnesses had appeared in court.
According to the prosecution, this case dates back to April 2 of last year when the girl’s father had filed a complaint of his daughter’s disappearance at the local police station. He had explained that his girlfriend had left home for work two days ago, but she had not returned.
She had told the police that two locals had seen her daughter with a man. The father also told the police that he had found that his daughter was in constant contact with Afzal and used to come to his nursery to buy plants.
Following this, the police had registered a case against Afzal under the Conversion Act as the girl’s father had alleged that Afzal had “kidnapped his daughter to convert her”.
A day later, the police arrested Afzal from Delhi when he was going to his relative’s house, later the police also traced the girl.
The Uttar Pradesh Prohibition of Religious Conversion Ordinance came into effect on 28 November 2020. Later, the state government introduced a bill to replace the ordinance.
Jamia imposes ‘campus ban’ on three students, including Safoora Zargar
The administration of Delhi Central University Jamia Millia Islamia has banned three of its former students from entering the campus.
According to the English newspaper ‘The Hindu’, the name of Safoora Zargar is also included in these students who were arrested in the case of the 2020 North East Delhi riots.
The order, signed by the Chief Proctor on September 14, states that a “campus ban” has been imposed on Zargar and two other students in order to “maintain a peaceful academic environment on campus.”
When the newspaper contacted Zargar about the warrant, he declined to comment.
Zargar’s admission was canceled by the Jamia Millia Islamia administration last month, citing an “unsatisfactory” progress report by the supervisor. Zargar was a student in the PhD/MPhil program in the Department of Sociology.
The “campus ban” order states that he was involved in organizing agitations, protests and marches on campus over “irrelevant and objectionable matters to disturb the peaceful educational environment”.
Gehlot proposes to make Rahul Gandhi party chief
At the Rajasthan Pradesh Congress Committee members’ meeting on Saturday, support was given to the proposal to make Rahul Gandhi the party’s national president.
According to the ‘Dainik Jagran’ newspaper, Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot had made a proposal to make Rahul Gandhi the President and the party leaders were asked to raise their hands on this and everyone supported the CM’s proposal.
State in-charge Ajay Maken has said that the proposal to leave the decision on all charges to the high command is official.
At the same time, state Congress president Govind Dotasara said that all Congress leaders want to make Rahul Gandhi the president.
Today’s lecture at Darul Uloom Deoband against the poll
In protest against the conduct of the survey of unrecognized madrassas by the UP government, there will be a conference of UP madrassas at Darul Uloom Deoband on September 18 in which preparations will be made on what to do regarding in the government survey. For this all preparations have been completed by Darul Uloom Deoband.
The daily ‘Amar Ujala’ writes that while the madrasa operators are fully cooperating with the survey teams, they are also eagerly awaiting the decision of Darul Uloom.
On the orders of the state government, the survey of unrecognized madrassas is being conducted from September 10. Religious leaders have raised questions about the state government’s intention in this regard.
More than 250 madrasa operators associated with Darul Uloom will participate in this conference.
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