UP prepares plans to tackle 'love jihad'
Uttar Pradesh's home department is drawing up a strategy to deal with cases of so-called ‘love jihad’, a highly emotive issue that officials say is turning out to be a major law and order problem in various districts.india Updated: Sep 19, 2014 21:15 IST
Uttar Pradesh’s home department is drawing up a strategy to deal with cases of so-called ‘love jihad’, a highly emotive issue that officials say is turning out to be a major law and order problem in various districts.
Officials say the attempt by right-wing Hindu groups to mobilise people over ‘love jihad’ has virtually foxed the police as there were no relevant legal provisions to deal with the issue. Not only is the terminology new to police officers but also have they never dealt with such complaints before.
In view of this, the home department has directed police officers to register cases charging the accused with deceit and fraud if the person was found to have hidden his or her true religious identity while getting into a relationship.
The police have also been asked not to become a party to such cases.
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Talking to HT, principal secretary, Home, Neeraj Kumar Gupta said superintendents of police have been directed to constitute a committee of leaders of both communities to resolve these cases as well as to curb communal tension.
The issue of ‘love jihad’ became a prominent plank for right-wing Hindu groups in by-elections in the state 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.
“In (a) majority of the cases, the leaders of the saffron brigades accompany the complainant to get the FIR registered at the police station,” a police officer said.
“The debacle in the by-poll has hardly dampened the spirit of the leaders as they mobilise people put pressure on the in-charge of the police station to lodge the FIR.”
On Wednesday the activists of Bhartiya Janta Yuva Morcha (BJYM) organised demonstration near Gandhi Park police station in Aligarh demanding registration of FIR in a ‘love jihad’ case. The BJYM members alleged that a Muslim man married a girl of another community in Naurangabad locality posing as a Hindu.
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In another case, members of the Hindu Yuva Vahini sat on dharna at police station in Mahoba demanding registration of FIR in a similar case.
More such cases had also been reported from Etah, Bijnore, Muzafffarnagar, Agra, Bhadohi, Gorakhpur, Pilibhit and Ghazipur where Hindu groups launched agitations demanding registration of FIR.
“The protest is leading to communal tension as the members of the opposite community are also rallying behind the accused”, the police officer said.
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