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Love jihad unabated: 2 Muslims held in Sitapur, Uttar Pradesh

The minor Hindu girl left home weeks ago never to come back; her family alleged that a young Muslim man of the village had kidnapped her

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Crime Love jihad unabated: 2 Muslims held in Sitapur, Uttar Pradesh

In District Sitapur of Uttar Pradesh, the police have registered a case under the Unlawful Conversion Act in connection with the abduction of a minor Hindu girl. The cops have arrested two suspects, both Muslim youths, for the alleged love jihad attempt in the Tambaur police station area.

The minor Hindu girl had gone out of the house weeks ago after which she was untraceable. Members of her family alleged that a young Muslim man of the village had kidnapped her. The Tambaur police station registered a case against Jibreel, who is a resident of Makhubehar, his brother Israel and brother-in-law Usman of Talgaon.

In this latest case of love jihad, the victim’s family accused the police of negligence. The complainant met with Superintendent of Police RP Singh when the subordinate cops were allegedly found lax in discharging their responsibility.

As the village was on the verge of erupting in protest, the Tambaur police arrested Jibreel’s brother Israel and his brother-in-law, Usman. The police had also sent a team to Lucknow and Lakhimpur in search of the suspects and the victim.

Station Officer Tambaur Amit Bhadauria says that the police arrested two of the suspects. He said the accused will face trial under several sections of law including the Unlawful Conversion Act. The police team is carrying out search operations in search of the other possible accomplices of Jibreel, Israel and Usman. A team of cops is tracing the calls of the acquaintances of the arrested Muslim men.

Hundreds of cases of love jihad now dot the map of northern India, with the scourge seen the severest in Uttar Pradesh that has witnessed scores of cases this year. Several other Hindi-speaking states from Rajasthan and Haryana to Madhya Pradesh, Bihar and Jharkhand have seen such cases off and on. While the term “love jihad” was coined by Christians of Kerala more than a decade ago when the girls of the community were allegedly being waylaid for marriage and conversion to Islam by Muslims in the state, a large section of the media, including prominent names in Indian news organisations, deny the phenomenon and look at all Muslim boy-Hindu girl couplings as the couples’ freedom to “love” and “choose”. They call the coinage a construct of “radical Hindu” outfits.

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