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Interfaith marriage: Hindutva activists create ruckus at wedding reception

Hindutva activists also staged a dharna on ALT road in Ghaziabad, bringing traffic to a halt.

india Updated: Dec 23, 2017 18:20 IST
HT Correspondent
The bride’s family lodged an FIR against the activists at Kavi Nagar police station in Ghaziabad
The bride’s family lodged an FIR against the activists at Kavi Nagar police station in Ghaziabad(Kunal Patil/HT Representative Photo)

Several Muslim organisations and intellectuals of Aligarh have expressed dismay after Hindutva activists allegedly created ruckus at the wedding reception of an inter-religious couple in Ghaziabad on Friday.

Aligarh native Mansoor Farhad Yusuf and Dr Nupur of Raj Nagar of Ghaziabad were classmates in Aligarh Muslim University and had been in a relationship. On Friday, they reportedly got married in court with the consent of their families, and a post-wedding celebration was planned at Nupur’s residence in the evening.

However, when some Hindutva organisations, including the Bajrang Dal, heard of the matter, they reached Nupur’s residence and shouted slogans of ‘love jihad’. Soon, a heavy police force rushed to the place and security was deployed outside the residence. Police lathi-charged the protesters.

Later, Nupur’s family lodged an FIR against the activists at Kavi Nagar police station in Ghaziabad.

Hindutva activists also staged a dharna on ALT road in Ghaziabad, bringing traffic to a halt. It was only after they received assurance from Ghaziabad SSP Hari Narayan Singh that an inquiry would be conducted into the matter that they discontinued their agitation.

“A magisterial inquiry will be conducted in this case from both the sides. We will probe the charges made by the bride’s family as well as the cane charge on the activists,” said the SSP.

Meanwhile, Balraj Duger, state convener of Bajrang Dal, said, “The girl’s family didn’t take permission from the administration. This is not a case of love but ‘love jihad’, that is why we protested. The boy’s side has taken a flat worth Rs 1 crore from the girl’s side.”

BJP Ghaziabad city president Ajay Sharma told HT on phone, “The CM’s office has been informed about the police lathi-charge on Bajrang Dal activists. It’s a matter of ‘love jihad’, which is why there were protests.”

On the other hand, Yusuf’s kin Javed , a resident of Aligarh, said, “The hate that is being spread in the name of ‘love jihad’ must be condemned. Both the Prime Minister and the UP CM need to take effective steps to stop such threats. This sort of rowdyism is also harming the image of our country. The right to marry a person of your choice is a part of our Constitution and should be above all controversies.”

Director of Muslim women empowerment committee Naushaba Khatoon told HT: “Some orthodox organisations are attempting to turn India into a Taliban regime. These organisations have no moral or legal right to interfere in the personal lives of people and disrupt a young couple’s marriage. Stern action should be taken against them.”