Lucknow: The chief minister of Uttar Pradesh Yogi Adityanath on Saturday, cited an Allahabad High Court order on religious conversion for marriage to raise the issue of “love Jihad.”
The administration of Yogi Adityanath has been severely criticised for numerous horrific crimes against women which also included two separate cases of alleged rape against Dalit women.
Yogi repeated his plans for “Mission Shakti” to make sure that all sisters and daughters in the state are protected.
During a rally in Jaunpur for by-polls to the eight assembly seats, Yogi said, “Allahabad High Court has said religious conversion isn’t necessary for marriage. The government will work to curb “love jihad”. We will make law. I warn those who conceal their identity and play with our sisters’ respect,” was quoted as saying by NDTV.
He said, “If you don’t mend your ways, ‘Ram naam satya‘ (the chant associated with Hindu funerals) journey will begin.”
He added that his government would “make sure sisters, daughters are protected. We will go to every extent to make this operation a success”.
The term ‘Love Jihad’ is used by the right-wing groups to target the relationships between Muslim men and Hindu women which is a tactic to forcibly convert the women.
This year during February, the government told the parliament that the term was not defined under the existing laws and no cases have been reported by any central agency.
A meeting of the National Commission for Women chief, Rekha Sharma, and the state’s governor, was criticised for their discussion on “rise in love jihad cases”.
The meeting was held amidst the protests over the recent Tanishq as which was largely criticised for promoting “love jihad.”
The Allahabad High Court during the last month dismissed a petition filed by a married couple seeking protection from “coercive actions” by their relatives who were trying to interfere in their lives.
The court then ruled that as the wife who was born into a Muslim family only converted into Hinduism a month before marriage. Thus, it is clear that “conversion had only taken place for the purpose of marriage”.
The court also announced the 2014 order, that said that “conversion of religion to Islam… solely for the purpose of marriage, cannot be said to be a valid conversion”.