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Muslim man held in Firozabad for converting, marrying college student

The woman had gone to her college accompanied by her brother on 25 April, where Arif convinced her to elope with him and subsequently married her

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Cops a Muslim man in Firozabad for allegedly forcing a Hindu college student to change her religion and marry her under Islamic rules, police at the Rasoolpur station informed the press today. Police arrested the suspect, Arif, for “abducting” a BCom course student from her college and performing a nikah with her, police said.

According to the police diary, the father of the woman had filed a missing person report after her did not return home from college.

Superintendent of Police (city) Mukesh Chandra Mishra said that the Hindu woman had gone to her college accompanied by her brother on 25 April, where the Muslim man convinced her to elope with him. The student’s brother raised an alarm and informed their relatives who approached the police.

On the complaint of the Hindu woman’s father, the police registered a case against suspect Arif. The Firozabad North Police Station’s Sanjeev Kumar Dubey said that, based the information, the police the suspect in the evening the next day from his house on Akashvani Road under the jurisdiction of the Ramgarh Police Station in Firozabad on 4 May. The Muslim man then led the police to his wife, whom the police rescued yesterday.

The suspect has confessed that the Muslim man made the Hindu woman change her religion and married him under Islamic rules, Mishra said.

A case has been registered against Arif under the Uttar Pradesh of Unlawful Conversion of Religion Act, the SP added.

The Uttar Pradesh of Unlawful Religious Conversion Ordinance, 2020, referred to also as the Love Jihad law by a large section of the media, is a law enacted by the Government of Uttar Pradesh, India. The Uttar Pradesh state cabinet cleared the ordinance on 24 November 2020, following which it was approved and signed by state Anandiben Patel on 28 November 2020.

The law makes conversion non-bailable with up to 10 years of jail time if undertaken through misinformation, unlawfully, forcefully, allurement or other allegedly fraudulent means and requires that religious conversions for in Uttar Pradesh to be approved by a magistrate.

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