'Love jihad' cases: VHP demands governor intervention

  • HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times, Shimla
  • Updated: Mar 13, 2015 19:57 IST

Vishwa Hindu Parishad (VHP) on Friday demanded governor Kalyan Singh's intervention to speed-up the probe into issues raised by it, including "love jihad".

Submitting a memorandum to Singh on Friday, VHP state organisational secretary Manoj Singh said VHP had met chief minister Virbhadra Singh to apprise him about cases of love jihad and religious conversion in the state. "Police initiated the probe into those cases, but going on snail's pace," he said.

He also demanded the government to bring the bill to curb the issue of religious conversion in the state. He also urged Opposition and ruling parties to debate over the issue and bring a strong law in the ongoing budget session. Manoj said that the chief minister, during his previous tenure in 2007, had brought the anti-conversion law, which had curbed the conversion activities in the state, but it needed some amendments.

He also said the probe was initiated after the governor's intervention and now VHP demanded governor to intervene to speed-up the probe. He also demanded to constitute a shrine board for all temples of the state so that religious activities there could be regulated.

He added that the chief minister had also mentioned about cow safety. He said the government should constitute a commission to protect the cows in the state. Manoj said even the high court had directed the state to ensure the cow safety in the state.

Manoj said the governor had assured to speak to the chief minister about all these issues. He said all the issues were of public importance and should be discussed or action should be taken in the ongoing Vidhan Sabha session.

Earlier too, VHP met the governor and submitted a list of alleged victims of "love jihad" in the state. However, the VHP had also submitted the list to the chief minister and he had assured to probe the matter.

VHP had also submitted a memorandum to former governor Urmila Singh on January 19 and demanded her intervention in the matter.

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