Police have arrested a married Muslim man here for allegedly trying to marry a 19-year-old Hindu girl in Jharkhand. Following the incident, the local wing of RSS said it was a case of love jihad and demanded that the government frames a law against it.
The suspect is a certain Tipu Sultan (30) of Village Dhawan Rampur under the Palajori police station of District Deoghar in Jharkhand. He was married and has two children. The Muslim man allegedly faked his identity, posing as “Satish Rai” from Dhanbad and began making advances to the girl from Village Patsimla six months ago after meeting her at a local mall. The village falls under the Masanjor police station of Dumka district. [Related story]
Masanjor police station officer-in-charge Vijay Kumar Singh said, “The suspect was arrested on 24 February night. He not only faked his identity but also claimed that he owns a petrol pump and the dealership of a popular milk brand to woo the girl, who is from a poor background. They exchanged mobile numbers on the first day of their meeting and developed a relationship.”
Vijay Kumar Singh further said Sultan had had a physical relationship with the girl three months ago. He reportedly visited her village on Wednesday to marry her.
Singh said, “A few alert villagers doubted his credentials and demanded to see his Aadhaar card, which he cannot produce. The villagers then alerted us leading to Sultan’s arrest. We have lodged a case under Section 417 (cheating) and Section 376 (rape) of the IPC.”
Meanwhile, Vikram Pandey, a senior functionary of the RSS said that the arrest of the Muslim man was testimony to the “urgency to implement a stringent law against the practice of attempt to convert Hindu girls to Islam through love jihad”.
However, with no law to check the practice of love-Jihad, as many Hindus often refer the scourge to as, Jharkhand Police register cases of such deceitful attempts of converting Hindu girls and women by Muslim men in the state under Section 417 of the IPC. The section applies to cheating, carrying a prescribed sentence of a maximum stipulated period of imprisonment for a year.