No central bill for amorous jihad: Lok Sabha’s government

The government has no plans for now to pass central legislation on the “jihad of love,” Lok Sabha was told on Tuesday.

The government was asked if it “intends to propose a central anti-conversion law to curb interfaith marriages.” In a written response, Home Secretary G Kishan Reddy said: “No sir. “

On questions such as whether the government is of the view that interfaith marriages take place because of forced conversions, and whether it has sufficient evidence to prove that, Reddy said, “public order and Police are subjects of the State in accordance with the Seventh Schedule to the Constitution of India. Therefore, the prevention, detection, recording, investigation and prosecution of offenses related to religious conversions are primarily the concerns of state governments / Union Territory (UT) administrations.

The Minister also said in the response: “Action is taken in accordance with existing laws by law enforcement agencies whenever cases of violations are found. “

Recent laws against the “jihad of love” in some states have created much controversy over their potential for abuse. There have also been numerous reports of police harassing interfaith couples in some states over complaints from a crowd. Several cases have been recorded in the past two months in UP and MP where Muslim men have been jailed for marrying Hindu women.

Organizations affiliated with the Hindutva ideology have claimed for years that there is a project called the “jihad of love,” whereby Muslim men lure Hindu women into marriage and then convert them.


Smaller-scale anti-jihad love laws

Uttar Pradesh and Madhya Pradesh recently passed laws that make marriages for the sole purpose of religious conversion illegal. Himachal Pradesh already has such a law in place. In all three laws, the penalty for forced marriage conversion, which Hindutva groups refer to as “love jihad,” is one to five years’ imprisonment.

In a recent interview with Indian expressRSS General Secretary Suresh Bhayyaji Joshi said: “Is it okay to attract someone and then convert them?” Today this is happening in many states. Declare yourself first as a Hindu, start a relationship and then reveal your true identity by getting married…. there is a difference between love marriage and love jihad… if anything is done by lying, there should be a law to deal with it.

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