| Lucknow |
December 4, 2020 5:15:35 am
POLICE STOPPED an interfaith wedding in Lucknow, citing the newly passed Uttar Pradesh Prohibition of Unlawful Conversion of Religion Ordinance, 2020, after receiving complaints from Hindu outfits. The police intervened on the day of the wedding, despite consent of the families of the Hindu bride and Muslim bridegroom to it.
The wedding was to take place in Lucknow’s Duda Colony on Wednesday. As final preparations were on, a team from Para Police Station – which has Duda Colony under its jurisdiction – reached the spot and asked the couple to first seek clearance from Lucknow District Magistrate before going ahead.
The wedding was to be held according to Hindu rituals, according to police officers. Para Police Station SHO Triloki Singh said families of the 22-year-old bride and the 24-year-old bridegroom have agreed to wait for approval from the District Magistrate for the marriage.
“The family of the girl is Hindu, while the boy’s family is Muslim. Both of them were getting married with each other’s consent and there was no coercion of any type,” Singh said. “Some representatives of Hindu Yuva Vahini objected to the wedding and we stopped the wedding and told them that…