Gwalior woman accuses husband of forcing religious conversion

  • HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times, Gwalior
  • Updated: Sep 03, 2014 22:14 IST

Amid a swirling controversy over inter-community marriages, a woman in Madhya Pradesh’s Gwalior city has accused a man of marrying her through deceit and forcing her to convert to Islam.

The complaint by the 28–year-old woman, a mother of two, comes in the wake of a similar controversy in Jharkhand involving an ace shooter.

According to Gwalior police, the woman claimed that the man she married — Sunny Kushwaha — was actually a Muslim by the name of Adil Khan.

She said that she came to know of his real identity only after marriage when she was introduced to his family-members.

The marriage took place in January this year according to Hindu rituals. She claimed the marriage had taken place in Jaura tehsil of Morena district, 80km from here. Gwalior is around 350km from Bhopal.

The woman’s first husband had passed away earlier.

In her complaint with Jhansi Road police station, the woman also claimed that Khan has been forcing her and her two children to convert to Islam, police said.

According to city superintendent of police (SP) Akash Bhuria, Khan allegedly even forced her to change her name to Rizwana and those of her children to Nagma and Mohammad from Nisha and Aditya respectively.

She has said that Khan was now allegedly pressurising her for 'nikah' as per Muslim customs.

The police official said quoting the woman that Khan has threatened to abandon her if she did not convert.

"Police are investigating the facts but no formal case has been registered so far," Bhuria said.

Bhuria added that the case was "sensitive in nature" and the station house officer (SHO), Jhansi Road police station, has been asked to personally monitor investigations.

The woman's complaint bears striking similarity to the allegations of Jharkhand's gold medal-winning shooter Tara Shahdeo who too has accused her husband of torturing her to convert to Islam.

She has claimed that her husband Ranjit Singh Kohli was actually a Muslim by the name of Raqibul Hassan.

Hindu right-wing groups have termed the incident part of a bigger conspiracy which they have termed 'love jihad', an alleged plan to lure Hindu girls to converting to Islam through conceit.

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