Conditions are extremely difficult for couples marrying outside their religion. They have to face a lot of trouble to get their marriage approved socially and to be happy, but such couples are now feeling uneasy with the growing trend of the word ‘love jihad’. Many couples said that many state governments have expressed their intention to enact a law against ‘Love Jihad’, which is increasing the challenges for interfaith couples of different religions.
The term ‘Love Jihad’ is used by a section of Hindu groups for Muslim men who allegedly force women to convert under the guise of love and marriage. In 2009, Catholic and Hindu groups in Kerala and Karnataka respectively alleged that women of their community were being forcibly converted to Islam. After this, the word ‘Love Jihad’ was used for the first time.
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But it became popular for the first time during the by-elections in Uttar Pradesh in 2014 when the BJP raised it widely. Sheena Shah ul Hameed, who lives in Delhi and is married to a Hindu man, said, “Love Jihad” is a joke in itself. How can someone bring jihad to a relationship? How can one be banned on the basis of religion in matrimonial things? If the law is made, we hope that the Supreme Court will see it and cancel it. ”
The BJP on Sunday called ‘Love Jihad’ a serious problem and supported the governments of Uttar Pradesh, Haryana and Madhya Pradesh for the decision to bring a law against it. On the same day, the debate over Meera Nair’s “A Suitable Boy” intensified and Madhya Pradesh Home Minister Narottam Mishra directed the state police to investigate the scene of kissing between a Hindu girl and a Muslim boy in the backdrop of the temple. Do.
This also intensified the debate on ‘Love Jihad’ and the trend of boycotting Netflix on Twitter started trending. After this, on Monday, the Madhya Pradesh police registered a case against two Netflix officials for hurting religious sentiments. Last month, jewelery company Tanishq had to withdraw an advertisement in which a Muslim mother-in-law was shown conducting a ‘baby shower ceremony’ for her Hindu daughter-in-law.
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A few days later, a Hindu girl was shot dead by a Muslim boy in Faridabad, Haryana, and the girl’s family claimed that it was ‘love jihad’. Shah ul Hameed said, “Tanishq’s case was not big. This was done to instill fear in the society. Any law related to ‘Love Jihad’ will be against the fundamental rights given in our Constitution. ”
Writer and columnist Natasha Badhwar, who married a Muslim man, said that the word ‘love jihad’ is being increasingly associated with dangerous consequences. He said, “When I heard the word ‘Love Jihad’ for the first time, there was a lot of laughter at the idea of conspiracy. When (Yogi) Adityanath became the Chief Minister of Uttar Pradesh, we got to hear more about it from the people in power and realized It can be dismissed now as a matter of laughter. ”
He said, “People live in danger and it has become necessary that this communal discourse of hate be countered. I refuse to succumb to this fear and control in which the rightists want to assert authority over minorities and women by stigmatizing and criminalizing the relations between communities and by breaking the bonds of caste. ”
Waleed Adnan, who loves a Hindu boy, said that everyone cannot fall in love with the same surname or Vali. He said that India’s marriage laws have been restrictive for couples of different religions. The Special Marriage Act contains the restrictions of patriarchy to make weddings difficult between inter-caste and people of different faiths.
The Special Marriage Act, formed in the year 1954, deals with marriages not performed according to religious standards. Journalists Priya Ramani, Samar Halarnkar and Nilofar Venkataraman have set up the online platform “The India Love Project”. It tells stories of love and marriage outside of religion, caste, creed and gender. On Monday, Halarnkar said on Twitter that “The India Love Project” needs counselors and lawyers so that they can advise couples, as they are getting many appeals for help.