Police in India have arrested Muslim men under new laws banning so-called “love jihad” and banned interfaith wedding ceremonies.
In the northern state of Uttar Pradesh, police have begun cracking down on marriages between Muslims and Hindus and arrested at least 10 Muslim men under a law that prohibits forced conversions.
“Love Jihad” is a Hindu conspiracy theory claiming that Muslim men lure Hindu women into marriage in order to force them to convert to Islam. Although the central government admitted in February that it had no official record of any customary events, the ideology was so well-known in India under the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) that It has been used to justify legislation enacted in the North. Pradesh is now being proposed in four other BJP-controlled Indian states.
Police in Kushnagar, Uttar Pradesh, this week stopped a wedding between two Muslims, following a report by a Hindu right-wing group. Police raided the event and arrested 39-year-old Haider Ali, who had been detained overnight and allegedly tortured him for hours using a leather belt. It was only after the family presented evidence that his bride was a Muslim by birth that they released Ali.
The crackdown in Uttar Pradesh has raised fears that the “love jihad” law is being used to target Muslims in Uttar Pradesh and to make interfaith marriage illegal. No Hindu has been arrested under the new law.
One day after the law was enacted in early December, police in Lucknow violently stopped a wedding ceremony between a Hindu woman, Reena Gupta, and a Muslim man, Muhammad Asif, in which both Hindu and Muslim rituals were performed. Added. The families who supported the union said they were not going to change their religion, but the marriage was still prevented from moving forward.
In another case, a Muslim man named Owais Ahmed was arrested last week and charged with trying to force a Hindu woman to convert to Islam and flee in 2019, following a lawsuit filed by her father. I was sentenced to 14 days in judicial custody. The woman is now married to a Hindu man, and Ahmed said he had “nothing to do with the woman”.
Rashid, a 27-year-old Muslim man, and his brother were arrested in Moradabad last week. He was trying to register Rashid’s marriage with Muskan Jahan, a 22-year-old Hindu woman who had converted to Islam before the marriage. When the three approached the lawyer, they were surrounded by members of the Hindu group Bajrang Dal, who accused them and brought them to the police station.
Rashid is lodged in a Uttar Pradesh jail on charges of forcibly converting his wife to Islam, while Jahan has been taken to a shelter by police. Addressing members of the Bajrang Dal, besieging it, where it denied any repression. “I am an adult, I am 22 years old. I got married of my own free will.
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