The Nationwide Investigation Company (NIA) lately questioned on WhatsApp an Indian lady from a Chennai enterprise household who transformed to Islam to marry the son of a Bangladeshi politician after assembly him in London, the place they studied collectively, to search out out if their marital union was a case of what some Hindu teams describe as “love jihad”.
The company didn’t discover any proof that the interfaith marriage was “love jihad”, a time period teams use to explain some relationships between Muslim males and Hindu ladies, however one which the courts and the Union authorities don’t formally recognise. The girl mentioned she was comfortable together with her husband and had willingly transformed to Islam, folks accustomed to the event mentioned on situation of anonymity.
Her father, a Chennai-based businessman, complained in Could final 12 months that she was kidnapped in London by the son of a pacesetter of the Bangladesh Nationwide Social gathering (BNP) and a former member of Parliament. He alleged that she had been forcibly taken to Bangladesh after she was radicalised and transformed to Islam. The girl studied in London with the Bangladesh politician’s son.
Tamil Nadu Police requested the NIA to research the matter as a result of it had worldwide ramifications.
After recording her mother and father’ assertion, the central anti-terror company contacted her on WhatsApp. “Throughout the questioning (over WhatsApp), she informed us that she married him willingly after changing to Islam and has not been pressured in any respect within the marriage. She mentioned she is comfortable,” mentioned an NIA officer who didn’t wish to be named.
Officers cited above mentioned their probe within the case was “kind of over” and a closure report might be filed in court docket after different verifications are accomplished.
This isn’t the primary time that an NIA probe of a “love jihad” angle has not yielded any proof of a conspiracy.
An NIA spokesperson mentioned the case is below investigation.
“A grievance of kidnapping was filed final 12 months and we had registered a case,” mentioned Chennai commissioner of police, Mahesh Kumar Aggarwal, unable to recall the sections below which the case was registered. “Since we transferred the case to the NIA, we aren’t conscious of additional particulars or the current standing of the investigation.”
One other senior official of Tamil Nadu police who didn’t want to be named mentioned, “After we get a grievance of such a nature which has worldwide and spiritual ramifications, we don’t examine.”
“Our stand is to switch it to the suitable company and in a case like this it’s the NIA.” The official, nonetheless, couldn’t recall the grievance made final 12 months.
NIA’s probe of interfaith marriages in Kerala, together with that of Hadiya’s marriage to Shafin Jehan that grew to become a trigger célèbre, revealed that there had been no coercion to marry the brides and convert them to Islam. It examined a number of circumstances in Kerala the place it was alleged that the lady had been pressured to transform to Islam. The Supreme Court docket too, in 2018, overruled a Kerala excessive court docket order that annulled the wedding of Hadiya to Jehan, saying the appropriate to marry an individual of 1’s selection was integral to Article 21 (proper to life and liberty) of the Structure.
The Central authorities has mentioned in Parliament that there was no time period akin to “love jihad” within the legislation. Union minister of state for house G Kishan Reddy mentioned within the Lok Sabha in February 2020: “Article 25 of the Structure gives for the liberty to profess, observe and propagate faith topic to public order, morality and well being. Varied courts have upheld this view together with the Kerala excessive court docket. The time period ‘love jihad’ will not be outlined below the extant legal guidelines”.
Nonetheless, two stringent current legal guidelines in Uttar Pradesh and Madhya Pradesh seem to wish to crack down on interfaith relationships that allegedly use marriage as a lure to drive Hindu ladies to transform to Islam. The stringent legal guidelines don’t use the phrases “love jihad”, and the UP legislation has already been challenged within the Supreme Court docket.