India ‘love jihad’: Muslim pupil arrested for allegedly making an attempt to transform Hindu lady

The 21-year-old pupil was arrested on Wednesday in Uttar Pradesh, solely days after the state enacted the legislation focusing on “love jihad” — a time period utilized radical Hindu teams who accuse Muslim males of making an attempt to transform ladies of different faiths to Islam.

Uttar Pradesh enacted the anti-conversion legislation, which makes “compelled” or “fraudulent” non secular conversions a non-bailable offense with a most punishment of 10 years in jail, on Saturday.

In line with the legislation, a wedding might be declared “null and void” if the conversion of the lady is solely for that function. These wishing to vary their faith after marriage want to use to prime district authorities.

The identical day the legislation got here into impact, a person named Tikaram Rathone filed a report back to police, alleging the male pupil was making an attempt to coerce his 20-year-old Hindu daughter, who’s married, to transform to Islam and marry him.

Rathore alleged the person had developed a friendship along with his daughter at college, and wished to “coerce, coax and attract” her into changing.

“Regardless of fixed disapproval from me and my household, he (the accused) is placing stress on us means of abuse and demise threats,” Rathore stated in his grievance.

Police in Uttar Pradesh’s Bareilly district confirmed through Fb that the person was arrested on Wednesday.

Critics have referred to as the legislation Islamophobic, unconstitutional, and regressive. Many are involved it can result in misuse and harassment, and that the legislation will make it more and more tough for interfaith {couples} to marry within the nation.

Different states — together with Madhya Pradesh, Haryana, Karnataka, and Assam — have introduced plans to comply with Uttar Pradesh and introduce comparable legal guidelines.

All 5 states are ruled the ruling Hindu nationalist Bharatiya Janata Social gathering (BJP), which has confronted accusations of perpetuating anti-Muslim sentiment.

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The BJP, led Prime Minister Narendra Modi, has come below hearth for comparable legal guidelines earlier than. Final 12 months, the BJP-ruled state of Himachal Pradesh amended its anti-conversion legislation, prohibiting conversion misrepresentation, power, fraud, undue affect, coercion, allurement or marriage. It additionally launched non-bailable jail sentences for the offense.

Critics of the BJP say non secular polarization has elevated since Modi swept into energy in 2014. Hindu-Muslim marriages have lengthy attracted controversy in India — however tensions have ratcheted up currently, with the idea of “love jihad” dominating headlines in current months.

In October, the favored jewellery model Tanishq ran an commercial that includes an interfaith couple — a Hindu lady and a Muslim man. After right-wing Indians accused them of selling “love jihad” and trolled them closely on-line, the corporate pulled the advert, saying it feared for the “nicely being” of its staff.

In November, authorities accused Netflix of doing the identical, after its TV collection “A Appropriate Boy” featured a scene which a Hindu lady and a Muslim man share a kiss in entrance of a Hindu temple. Narottam Mishra, BJP member and residential minister of Madhya Pradesh state, stated the scene harm “non secular sentiments” and directed officers to look into authorized motion towards the collection’ producer and director.

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