UP CM Yogi Adityanath announced his decision to bring in a strict law in compliance with the Allahabad High Court (HC) ruling which held conversion only for marriage invalid. CM Adityanath said, “we will work strictly to stop love jihad by formulating a stringent law”.
He made an important point about Muslim men assuming fake Hindu identity to trap Hindu women. Earlier, the UP government had launched Operation Shakti to protect women from molesters and harassers. Following in the footsteps of UP, other BJP-ruled states are also mulling a similar law.
Karnataka, Madhya Pradesh (MP), and Haryana are the other states intending to bring in legislation to curb religious conversions in the garb of love. Karnataka Home Minister Basavaraj Bommai termed love jihad as a social evil and that youngsters were being lured in the name of love and then being forced to convert their religion.
Hindupost has been constantly reporting on the numerous cases of love jihad. There are numerous instances where Muslim men have assumed Hindu identity with the intention of duping Hindu girls. Love Jihad also includes grooming of minor Hindu girls which is a serious issue staring the Hindu society.
In the UK, US, and several Western countries there are stringent laws to deal with the menace of grooming. In Bharat, however, we simply brush off these concerns as “extreme reactions of the far-right”, “Hindutva extremism” and the like. And just like sexual grooming, love jihad is not a figment of imagination but a reality which even the Church in Kerala has admitted.
While the contents of the said law are yet to emerge, let us take a look at some recent cases to know why such a law is essential.
Love Jihadi Dildar Qureshi, who is a resident of Mehrauli, became Rahul to trap a minor 13-year-old girl in the name of love and eloped with the minor girl on 18th October. He was already married twice and had not only ditched his first wife and two children but also abandoned his dying, pregnant and disabled second Hindu wife.
On 21st September the body of a headless woman had been discovered in the bushes in Chopan’s Preet Nagar area while the head was recovered on 23rd by the police from the same area. It turned out that Ajaz Ahmed who had been pressurizing his Hindu wife Priya Soni to convert to Islam murdered and beheaded her.
A Hindu woman had been sexually exploited by a Muslim man named Waseem in Meerut who had assumed a fake Hindu identity with the explicit intention of duping the woman and exploiting her sexually. He is even said to have confessed that he wanted to malign Hindu women online.
There have been numerous such cases in recent times and we have merely touched upon some of them here to emphasize why a dedicated law against this social menace is absolutely essential. Presently the various sections under the Indian Penal Code (IPC) and Criminal Procedure Code (CrPC) fall way short in dealing with love jihad. Even the POCSO (Protection of Children from Sexual Offences) Act either requires a sections for sexual grooming or a separated dedicated law for the same.
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