A Muslim man hiding his religious identity assumed the alias Ramesh and married a Hindu woman named Rajwinder Kaur near Tohana in the Fatehabad district of Haryana. Believing that he was a Hindu, Rajwinder married him in a local temple seven years ago. Three and a half years ago she gave birth to a baby girl.
After the child was born she insisted on meeting her in-laws and that’s when her troubles began. ‘Ramesh’ refused to take her to his parents but she ultimately succeeded in meeting them. This is when the truth was revealed and she came to know that ‘Ramesh’ and his family were Muslims.
Her husband and his family started to compel her to convert to Islam. She refused and her husband abandoned both her and his own daughter who was by then three and a half years old, on the streets and left. She had no job and had to shift to a rented house. She complained about the fraud to the police authorities and the district administration but astonishingly no action was initiated.
Rajwinder is mentally and physically fatigued and is not in a position to earn a living. Having approached both the police and other authorities who allegedly refused to help her, she was left running from pillar to post. Fed up, she decided to sit on a Dharna in front of the gate of the mini-Secretariat on Friday.
This led to the incident gaining media attention and spurred the authorities into action. The Superintendent of Police took cognizance of the crime and invited Rajwinder to his office. A case was registered against the Muslim man and the case was transferred to the Women’s cell. They promised Rajwinder strict action within four days.
She also revealed to the cops that some locals too had played a major part in the case of grooming jihad and has demanded legal proceedings to be initiated against them too. Subhash Chandra, DSP of Fatehabad said that cognizance has been taken following the complaint of the victim Rajwinder Kaur. The Mahila police station is investigating the matter as to why the Muslim man concealed his religion for the purpose of marrying a Hindu lady. He said that strict and appropriate action will be launched against all the accused.
He also promised action against the policemen who failed in filing and investigating the case when the first complaint was reported by the victim. If found guilty, strict and swift action would be initiated against those who left her original complaint unheard, he added.
Such cases are occurring at a time when the Haryana government is planning religious freedom and anti-conversion laws on the lines of the ones that are already in force in states like UP and MP where such grooming Jihad is currently punishable. Religious conversions using misrepresentation, force, undue influence, coercion, allurement, solely for marriage, or by any fraudulent means attracts a jail term of up to 5 years (in the case of SC/ST victims it is up to 10 years) and a fine.
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