Then my readers would think then what am I up to, mentioning these things.
When a boy and a Girl fall in love and decide to marry (or decide to marry for any other reason), if they follow the same religion, there is hardly any issue. If both of them are from different religions but they have a good understanding and are not fettered by individual religions, again the life would be problem free.
The problem comes when both belong to different religions and one of them insists to marry under a particular Rite, say Hindu, Muslim or Christian. If a marriage is to be solemnised under the Rite of a particular religion, it is a must for both Bride and groom to be followers of that religion. In the case of Hindu marriage, many Priests overlook this requirement but that is not true for other religions.
Even if the girl or the boy converts, each religion has its personal laws, either codified or by practice. The converted therefore is subjected to those personal laws that he/she has no clue. Take method of divorce in Islam (and I am not discussing its merits/demerits or legality) which is very different. In Roman Catholic Christians, Divorce is nearly impossible and only Church can grant it. Law of Succession also are different.
The biggest question that needs answer is if the love of a boy and a girl belonging to a different religion is true love, where is the need to convert to other's religion. However, a doubt may arise, if one person does not convert to other person's religion and under what Rites they will marry?
The one-stop solution for this issue, in marriages governed by Pure love for each other and not with any other motive, is, such a boy and a girl should marry under Special Marriage Act 1954 which superseded an earlier similar act.
This act is religion-neutral. A girl and a boy belonging to any religion can marry under this act without any reference to the religion or without any need to convert, etc. It is a well-drafted legislation which primarily caters for marriages which can not otherwise be solemnised under any religious rite. Not to say that bride and groom who belong to same religion can not marry under this act. In fact, if I let the readers know its colloquial name, they would find it very familiar, it is conventionally known as registered or Court Marriage.
What are the benefits? The pure love stands out without two religions vying for supremacy. Your religion to you, mine to me. Secondly, all the rights of individuals are clearly laid down and are not infringed upon by any party's religion. This law grants the bride and the groom uniform secular rights and there is enforceability of these rights by Courts which may not happen under other personal Laws.
Without espousing any further on this Law (this job is better done by a lawyer, I am an Engineer and hence can only profess this much) I can only say, if one is marrying another person belonging to different religion and if that person demands that one converts to this person's religion, one needs to look at the whole affair again. What is the need to do that when other person is expected to accept you on as is where is basis? If their love is pure how does religion comes in?
If conversion becomes pre-condition for marriage, it is my personal opinion that it may not be worth it. A hasty decision and the individual converting would be trapped into personal laws that he / she was not subjected to and about which he / she has no knowledge.
Why would anyone have any objection to marrying his or her love, keeping their religions to where they belong, to each individual, under Special Marriage Act 1954, which is a one stop solution to marrying your love, of life keeping the marriage and married life straight, secular and simple.
The issue is, many young boys and girls are not even aware of the fact that such a option exists. Here is the link to Special Marriage Act 1954 - http://lawmin.nic.in/ld/P-ACT/1954/A1954-43.pdf .
Do read the act and advise others where needed least they get trapped into something they had no idea about.