A right-wing group on Sunday issued a “diktat” barring the entry of Muslims at Garba events during the upcoming Navratri festival at Mandvi town in Gujarat’s Kutch district.
Raghuvirsinh Jadeja, president of Hindu Yuva Sangthan, said this was to prevent “love jihad” incidents.
“Incidents of love jihad where Muslim boys lure and marry our Hindu girls happen at Garba. Our only aim is to protect our girls,” said Jadeja, who is also chief of Vishwa Hindu Parishad of the Mandvi tehsil unit
On September 28, a mob attacked 50-year-old Mohammad Ikhlaq’s house in Uttar Pradesh’s Bisada village, accusing the family of butchering a calf. It lynched Ikhlaq and left his younger son Danish critically injured. Danish, who has undergone two surgeries, is still not out of danger.
During a visit to the village on Sunday, controversial BJP lawmaker Sangeet Som warned the state government that it would have to pay a price for favouring the Muslim community as he met the families of the men accused of murdering Ikhlaq .
Are such incidents a threat to India’s secular fabric?