It has been almost a month since the implementation of the anti-conversion ordinance in Uttar Pradesh. So far around 35 people have been arrested under this law and in this context, one person is being arrested every day. While the government is vigorously defending this law and considers it necessary, it is also being widely opposed. More than 100 former IAS officers of the country wrote a letter to Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath regarding this and demanded that it should be withdrawn immediately.
Those 104 former IAS officers who have written a letter to CM Yogi Adityanath opposing the law include former National Security Advisor Shivshankar Menon, former Foreign Secretary Nirupama Rao and former advisor to the Prime Minister TKA Nair. It states that the UP which was once identified for the Ganga-Jamuni Tehzeeb has now become ‘the center of politics of hatred, division and religious bigotry’ after the existence of this law.
The letter also mentioned the incident in Moradabad
The letter also mentioned the recent incident in Moradabad and stated that after the existence of this law, there have been many cases in the past few days in which innocents were harassed. Former IAS officers have expressed their concerns about this law in this letter written to CM Yogi.
It is worth mentioning here that in Moradabad, UP a few days ago some men of Bajrang Dal caught a couple from the Registrar’s Office and handed it over to the police saying that the girl was forcibly converted. However, the woman repeatedly made a statement in the police that she had married this on her own accord. The woman later accused her of harassment and said that it resulted in her miscarriage. Former officers say that the manner in which the police remained mute spectators in the whole case is not worth pardoning.