Now, the Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad (ABVP), an off shoot of the BJP, would visit college campuses and create awareness among students on ‘love jihad’.
In a bizarre statement, Sunil Ambekar, secretary of ABVP, said that incidents of Muslim men trapping Hindu girls into love affairs in UP was a sensitive issue and should be dealt with seriously. “They (Muslims) change their names and lure the gullible Hindu girls. It is happening as part of a larger conspiracy,” he said.
Adding more logic to his colleague’s statement, Mamta Yadav, national vice president of ABVP said: “We would hold meetings and make people aware. The issue is not love jihad. We are not against love per se. We are only against those who cheat girls by faking their identity.”
The issue of ‘love jihad’ became a prominent plank for right-wing Hindu groups in the state bypolls held this month.
Usually, when the police refuse to entertain complaints of ‘love jihad’, activists of the right wing organisations often start protesting or launch agitation.
Some like Geeta Gunde, convener of RSS women wing, believe that love is a natural feeling and there should be no religion involved in it. However, that doesn’t keep her from blaming Muslim youths of luring Hindu girls and thus setting a trend. “There is a dangerous trend among Muslims boys to stand outside schools to lure Hindu girls. To counter this we need to make the girls and their families aware. Awareness camps should be organised in Sangh schools,” she says.
Seems, attempts to distance itself from the ‘love jihad’ factor would be a tough task for the BJP.