Days after Madhya Pradesh and Haryana governments pledged to bring laws against love jihad — a phenomenon whose existence the woke crowd denies — the Yogi Adityanath government in Uttar Pradesh has announced a similar measure. The home department of the state said today that Yogi government would enact a strict law to check the cases of love jihad. The department said that it had already sent a proposal to the Uttar Pradesh Department of Law to solicit its opinion.
Before the Yogi government, the BJP governments in Madhya Pradesh and Haryana announced they would enact a law each against love jihad. It is a social scourge — click on the link for a debate on the issue — under which a Muslim man takes a gullible Hindu woman for a ride by posing as a Hindu. When the real identity of the ‘eligible’ groom is exposed, it is too late for the woman to go back to her parents. She stays in the Muslim household under compulsion; she must convert, refusing which could lead to her torture and death.
Coined by Christians of Kerala more than a decade ago, the term “love jihad” has gained currency across India as cases of the type abound in the stretch between Punjab, West Bengal and Odisha and parts of Assam, where the targets are mostly Hindu women. The news media, however, denies the existence of a pattern in these match-makings by fraudulence. Today, as the news from Uttar Pradesh arrived, not only did leftist start-ups like The Wire and Scroll panic, so did the largest newspaper, The Times of India.
“Empower the girls,” cried Scroll [dot in], branding love jihad as a “bogey”. The Wire said the Sangh Parivar was spreading a “dangerous, imaginary idea”. And The Times of India said, “MP’s love jihad bill places individual freedoms and social cohesion on a slippery slope.”
The Shivraj Singh Chouhan government had earlier said it would introduce Dharma Swatantrya (Religious Freedom) Bill 2020 in the next session of the state assembly in view of the rising incidents of love jihad. MP Home Minister Narottam Mishra said that the proposed bill would have a provision of a rigorous imprisonment for the period of five years for luring a person through fraud and forcing marriage by religious conversion. Such offence will be non-bailable, he added.
In Haryana, the Manohar Lal Khattar government said it would set up a committee to draft a strict law against the menace. Haryana Home Minister Anil Vij said that action would be taken against any person who was found “indulging in religious conversion by pressuring, tempting someone or is involved in any kind of conspiracy or tries to do so in the name of love”.