UP ‘love jihad’ law: Police arrest Muslim man, Bajrang Dal tells Hindu wife ‘law made for people like you’


UP Police said the Muslim and his brother were arrested on the basis of a complaint by the girl’s father. The girl, however, maintained that she is a consenting adult and got married of her own accord.

A still from the viral video of members of fringe outfit Bajrang Dal confronting the 22-year-old woman (Picture Courtesy: Twitter @faizan0008)

Police in Uttar Pradesh’s Moradabad have arrested a man and his brother under the new anti-conversion law. The boy, identified as one Rashid, was at the registrar’s office in Kanth when he was handed over to the police by members of fringe outfit Bajrang Dal.

Rashid had married a 22-year-old woman from Bijnore in Dehradun about five months ago. The two met in Dehradun where Rashid was working and the girl was studying.

In a video clip that is doing rounds on social media, the 22-year-old girl can be seen telling members of fringe outfit Bajrang Dal that she is a consenting adult and married Rashid of her own accord. Members of the fringe outfit then ask her whether she informed the district magistrate about her marriage as per the UP government’s new anti-conversion law.

“Have you read the new law or not? This law had to be made for people like you,” a member of fringe outfit Bajrang Dal can be seen saying to the girl in the viral video. As two policemen watch in silence, another member of fringe outfit Bajrang Dal asks the girl, “Show us the permission you have from the DM to convert your religion.”

Kanth station house officer (SHO) Ajay Gautam told news agency that Rashid and his brother were arrested on Friday on the basis of a complaint by the girl’s father. Following their arrest, the two men were produced before a magistrate and sent to prison.

Promulgated only recently by UP Governor Anandiben Patel, the Uttar Pradesh Prohibition of Unlawful Conversion of Religion Ordinance, 2020 seeks to nullify marriages if they are carried out for the sole purpose of religious conversion. In cases where a minor is involved, the punishment can extend up to 10 years.

While there is no mention of the term in the law, BJP leaders have endorsed it as legislation aimed to tackle instances of ‘love jihad’.

(With inputs from PTI)





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