India: Woman booked under anti-conversion law

RAJKOT: A case was registered against a woman under Anti-Conversion Law 2003 in Talala police station in Junagadh district.

Sources said that Manju Devara, a resident of Semaliya village in Talala taluka, was booked under section 5 of Gujarat Dharma Svatantrata Adiniyam-2003 by Talala police after the sub-divisional magistrate B M Virani registered a case against her.

Manju, a Hindu woman, married Ismail Mer, a Muslim of Semaliya village in July 2013. She then converted into Islam. At present, Ismail lives in Dhari town of Amreli district. They registered their marriage with a notary in Dhari. But as per the anti-conversion law, she has to take prior consent of the district magistrate about the religious conversion. Talala police station officials are investigating the case.