Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanth today warned people against love jihad and said his government will soon bring in an effective law against it. Addressing an election rally in by-election-bound Deoria, Yogi said his government would bring in a “strong law” against ‘love jihad’ to “protect our sisters and daughters”.
“जो लोग नाम स्वरूप छुपा कर छद्म तरीक़े से बहन बेटियों की इज़्ज़त से खिलवाड़ करते हैं, उनको पहले से चेतावनी. सुधरेंगे नहीं तो राम नाम सत्य की यात्रा निकलने वाली है (It’s a warning for those playing with chastity of women by hiding their name and identity… they should mend their ways or their final procession will begin),” warned Yogi.
“We will bring an effective law. It is my warning to those who play with the honour and dignity of sisters and daughters by hiding their real names and identities that if they do not mend their ways, the ‘Ram Naam Satya’ journey will start,” said Yogi Adityanath.
In his speech, the chief minister welcomed the Allahabad High Court‘s ruling where it had held that conversion for the sole purpose of marriage was null and void. “Yesterday, the Allahabad High Court delivered an order that conversion should not be resorted to for the sole purpose of marriage and that it should not be given validity. So, the government has decided further that it would take stern measures to stop ‘love jihad’. We will make an effective law,” Yogi said.
“The court’s verdict will be followed and the honour and dignity of women will be ensured,” the chief minister said.
Yogi made these remarks while addressing a rally for the 3 November by-elections for the Malhani assembly seat in Jaunpur and that of Deoria.
Attacking the Samajwadi Party (SP), Yogi Adityanath said SP chief Akhilesh Yadav “feels bad” when the government acts against criminals. “The SP wants to trigger riots but our government will not let it happen,” the chief minister said.
On the issue of Ram Mandir, Yogi Adityanath said the opposition always used to ask when the temple would be built, but “we have laid its foundation stone”.