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Love Jihad in India

by Team FUCCHA

Love jihad is an alleged process in which Muslim men target young non-Muslim girls, in a form of emotional manipulation to bring about their conversions to Islam.

The concept of Love Jihad first rose to national awareness in 2009 and recently, since the BJP has come to power at the centre, this issue is being looked into more deeply and each case is being handled more strictly. When the number of love marriages rose in a country like India where arranged marriages have had a long tradition, there was suspicion all around.

 Hindu nationalists claim that there are hubs of terror where education in terrorism is provided and this is where men are taught to force Hindu girls to convert. Basically, love jihad is being used for this Islamic project for ‘Global Islamification’ as ordained by Quran, targeting the non-Islamic secular countries. According to the Indian Express, a Muslim youth in an Islamic school would be offered a reward of Rs 11 lakh for an 'affair' with a Sikh girl, Rs 10 lakh for a Hindu girl and Rs 7 lakh for a Jain girl. This clearly shows how women are being considered as commodities whose price is being set and emotions being played with. This is totally not acceptable in the Indian society where marriage is such a sacred thing, where divorce is a huge issue that stigmatises women and where religious identities supersede all others.

On the contrary, core Muslims believe that this isn’t true as the term jihad itself conveys the religious duty of Muslims which strictly does not propagate forced conversions. According to them love jihad is condemnable. They believe it to be a false propaganda raised by the BJP to gain political mileage. Also, for them it is not right to stigmatise the entire community due to a few incidents.

By seeing the recent attack by Hindu activists on a Muslim shopkeeper in Mangalore for just dropping his female employee home, we realise how the Hindu fundamentalists are demonising inter-faith contact of any kind which is not good for a healthy and developing society like India. One of the leaders has clearly stated that they should leave their women alone or be prepared for massive retaliation. Attacks based on suspicion won’t stop until love jihad is stopped because it causes communal tensions amongst the religious groups, endangering peace and harmony.

Whatever political motives love jihad fulfils, we need to understand that damaging the integrity of women and ruining their lives can never be the right way. The Indian government is taking steps to make women aware and hard core Hindus are using violent measures to protect their women. But the women need to be gain courage and report cases of love jihad in spite of being tortured, and not conceal the truth. Let us all not be so blind in love and be the next target of “LJ”. Beware!

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Article contributed by Sabhya Rai, our Guest Writer and Intern. Sabhya is pursuing Economics honours from Kirori Mal College, DU. She is passionate about debating, writing poems and articles.

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Category Archives: Socio Political

Love Jihad in India

by Team FUCCHA

Love jihad is an alleged process in which Muslim men target young non-Muslim girls, in a form of emotional manipulation to bring about their conversions to Islam. The concept of Love Jihad first rose to national awareness in 2009 and recently, since the BJP has come to power at the centre, this issue is being looked into more deeply and each case is being handled more strictly. When the number of love marriages rose in a country like India where arranged marriages have had a long tradition, there was suspicion all around.  Hindu nationalists claim that there are hubs of terror where educa