A 22-year-old Hindu woman who was detained under Uttar Pradesh’s new law against love jihad suffered a miscarriage at a shelter home at Moradabad, alleged her mother-in-law.
Muskan Jahan (Hindu name Pinki) is the first woman detained under UP prohibition of unlawful conversion of religion ordinance 2020. She had converted to Islam after marrying a Muslim.
The administration moved her to a government shelter home after the police booked her husband Rashid, 28, under the new law of love jihad on 6 December.
The inspector of Kaanth police station, Ajay Gautam, said that she has been kept in a government shelter home. He said the police had recorded her statement yesterday. He denied reports of her miscarriage and described it ‘rumour’ and ‘fake news’.
The woman’s mother-in-law alleged that injection might have been administered to her to abort the baby because she dared to marry a Muslim and converted to Islam, several reports said quoting her.
Based on the complaint, the Kanth police filed a first information report (FIR) against Rashid and his brother Saleem underSection (3) and 5(1) of the Uttar Pradesh Prohibition of Unlawful Conversion of Religion Ordinance, 2020.
In the FIR (number 484/2020), the mother, named Bala Devi, mentioned that she belongs to a poor scheduled caste (SC) family.
Bala Devi said that Pinky was pursuing Bachelors in Arts from a college near Kanth, where she lived with her Mausi’s family. Bala Devi said that she was informed about her daughter’s attempt to elope by a member of the Bajrang Dal.
She said she was glad that the activist informed her about her daughter’s plan. “I will never willingly marry my daughter to a Muslim. There have been many untoward cases,” she said.
The police subsequently arrested Rashid and Saleem. They were remanded in judicial custody for 14 days. Pinky was shifted to a government woman shelter home.
Muskan and Rashid married in Dehradun in July. Rashid belongs to Kaanth town of Moradabad district and arrived at the court in his native town on 6 December to get their marriage registered. A group of saffron brigade activists got information about their marriage and landed at the court. They then took the couple to Kaanth police station where few members questioned them in the presence of policemen.
Later, Rashid was booked under section 3 of the new law of love jihad and Muskan was sent to a shelter home.