AHMEDABAD: This Hindu man wants to become a Muslim for a year, the High Court did not get a reply from the Collector
A 32-year-old Hindu man sought permission from the state's anti-conversion law to change his religion. But even after waiting for more than a year, when he did not get any kind of reply, he has transferred his petition to Gujarat HC.
Jignesh Patel, a marketing executive from Bharuch in south Gujarat, said in his petition that the district collector had officially barred his permission to convert to Islam to become a Muslim despite an "investigation" by the sub-divisional magistrate of Bharuch.
They have not taken this decision under pressure from anyone
Jignesh made it clear that he has not taken this decision to convert from Hindu to Muslim. It is noteworthy that Patel submitted his application to the District Collector on 26 November 2019 with a complete disclosure, including the affidavits signed by his mother Vilasaben and sister Sejalben. In his manifesto, Jignesh has said that no one has forced or lured him for this decision.
Patel has stated in his application that he had been living like a Muslim for six years, which included fasting during Ramadan, performing namaz and observing other rituals related to religion.
District Collector did not reply
Patel told the High Court that on January 1, 2020, Jignesh's application was supported in an affidavit by Imran Patel, the man who officially presided over the conversion. However the district collector never responded to his request.
Advocate MT Syed, who filed the petition on his behalf, said that the inquiry report filed by the sub-divisional magistrate in February 2020 "gave a favorable opinion that Patel may be allowed to convert". The HC has directed the collector to take an informed decision on Patel's application within eight weeks.