Police in Uttar Pradesh have arrested the Muslim man who was the first to have been booked under the new love jihad law of the state and had been absconding since the FIR was lodged against him. He had eloped with a Hindu woman last year to convert her to Islam.
The man is the first to be arrested under a new anti-conversion law that targets love jihad, a term that refers to Muslim men masquerading as Hindus before Hindu women, revealing their true religious identity at a point of no return before the women and then pressuring her to convert to Islam. A section of Hindus refers to all Muslim groom-Hindu bride matches as love jihad, as nikah, the Islamic marriage, does not recognise the validity of either partner not being a Muslim and, thus, these marriages turn into an excuse for increasing the Muslim population in the country, as even the children born to such couples would be Muslim.
The family of the accused recently fled the village.
While the Islamic mafia across the world my cry hoarse over the term being “Islamophobic”, at least four other Indian states are drafting laws against love jihad: Madhya Pradesh, Haryana, Karnataka and Assam.
Police in District Bareilly in Uttar Pradesh confirmed the arrest on Twitter yesterday. The woman’s father said that he had filed a complaint because the man “put pressure” on his daughter to convert and threatened her if she didn’t. The woman was allegedly in a relationship with the man but got married to someone else earlier this year.
Police said that the woman’s family had filed a case of abduction against the accused a year ago but the case was terminated after she was found and denied the charge.
After his arrest on 2 December, the man was sent to 14 days of judicial custody. He told reporters that he was innocent and had “no link with the woman”.
The new law carries a jail term of up to 10 years and offences under it are non-bailable.
In November, Uttar Pradesh became the first state to pass a law against “forced” or “fraudulent” religious conversions.
The BJP governs all the five states that are making or have made laws against love jihad. Meanwhile, an assortment of media houses, both Indian and foreign, including countries that are imploding due to their maudlin multiculturalism, have been breast-beating over the legislative efforts in India against the clear and present danger of demographic change.
The term “love jihad” has dominated headlines in the last few months. In October, a popular jewellery brand withdrew a television commercial featuring a Hindu bride in a Muslim household after Hindu backlash. The anger this time could be the result of an accumulation of frustration of the majority community over years of rubbing Hindus the wrong way in advertisement and films. While people wondered whether a woke Hindu or a Muslim executive had visualised the ‘Ekatvam’ commercial, the Tata Group, which owns the brand Tanishq, has invested also in The Wire, a news website notorious for spinning stories deliberately, sometimes taking recourse to falsehoods, to build an anti-Hindu, anti-India and/or anti-BJP narrative.
In November, people accused Netflix of the same, pointing to a scene in the television series, A Suitable Boy, where a Hindu woman and a Muslim man share a kiss as the camera pans to the backdrop of a Hindu temple. Madhya Pradesh’s Home Minister, Narottam Mishra, said it hurt “religious sentiments” and directed officials to look into legal action against the producer and director of the series.
While detractors of the BJP say religious polarisation has increased since Prime Minister Narendra Modi first swept into power in 2014, the present government may just be proving a catalyst in this mass reaction to decades of portrayal of Hindus in a poor light, objects of ridicule or repulsive characters while celebrating Muslims and Christians, including those projected as criminals, as pious souls in mass media.