Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath on Saturday issued a warning against ‘love jihad’ and said the government is working to cause a strict law to curb incidents of ‘love jihad’. Referring to the order of the Allahabad high court which said devout conversion isn’t essential for marriage, the Chief Minister said, “I warn those who conceal identity and play with the respect of our sisters. Whether you don’t mend your ways, your ‘Ram naam satya’ journey will begin.”
#WATCH Allahabad HC said devout conversion is not essential for marriage. Govt will also work to curb ‘Love-Jihad’, we’re going to make a law. I warn those who conceal identity & play with our sisters’ respect, whether you do not mend your ways your ‘Ram naam satya’ journey will begin: UP CM pic.twitter.com/7Ddhz15inS
— ANI UP (@ANINewsUP) October 31, 2020
‘Love jihad’ is a term coined by a couple of Hindu groups to describe what they imagine a conspiracy of Muslim men to force or trick Hindu women to transform and marry.
The Allahabad High Court has recently dismissed a writ petition filed by a married couple who sought police protection. In this case, the woman used to be a Muslim and converted to Hinduism just before the marriage. The court said that devout conversion just for the purpose of marriage isn’t acceptable.
Taking a leaf out of the judgement, Adityanath on Saturday said the government is taking concerted efforts to legally stop such cases of forceful conversions. The Uttar Pradesh government has been mulling an ordinance against ‘love jihad’ for a very long time, reports said.
“Taking a serious note of such incidents [of forceful conversion and cruelty], the CM has directed that a concrete strategy be made to keep an eye on such incidents. It has regularly been seen that this is being done in an organised manner. Whether required, an ordinance may also be brought for it,” an official earlier told PTI
Final year, the Uttar Pradesh State Law Commission submitted a outline to Adityanath, suggesting “a new law to check forcible devout conversions.” Kanpur Police had also set up a special investigation team to look into ‘love jihad’ cases.
(With agency inputs)