Do BJP leaders in inter-faith marriages come under ‘love jihad’: Baghel

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Whether the BJP leaders who had inter-faith marriages would come under the purview of ‘love jihad’, asks Chhattisgarh Chief Minister, Bhupesh Baghel. File photo.

Do the BJP leaders who had inter-faith marriages would come under the purview of ‘love jihad’, asks Chhattisgarh Chief Minister, Bhupesh Baghel.

After various BJP-ruled states said legislation against “love jihad” was underway, the Congress leader responded asking whether those BJP leaders who had inter-faith marriages would come under the purview of such laws.

‘Love Jihad’ is a conspiracy theory touted by right-wing groups. Under which, they claim Muslim men ‘forcibly convert’ women of other religions under the ‘guise’ of love.

“Family members of several BJP leaders are also married into other faiths. I ask the BJP leaders, do these marriages come under the definition of ‘love jihad’?” he said.

Rajasthan CM slams love jihad controversy

Earlier, Rajasthan chief minister Ashok Gehlot had slammed the ‘love jihad’ controversy. He accused the BJP of “manufacturing” the phrase to divide the nation along communal lines. Gehlot said marriages, including inter-faith unions, were a matter of personal liberty. Any law to curb them would not stand in court.

“Love Jihad is a BJP coined word to divide the Nation and disturb communal harmony. Marriage is a matter of personal liberty. Bringing a law to curb it is completely unconstitutional. And it will not stand in any court of law. Jihad has no place in Love,” Gehlot had said on Twitter.

He said the move seemed like a ploy to disrupt communal harmony, fuel social conflict and disregard constitutional provisions like the state not discriminating against citizens on any ground.

Four BJP-ruled states plan to outlaw ‘love jihad’

The Congress leaders’ comments come amid plans in four BJP-ruled states – Madhya Pradesh, Uttar Pradesh, Haryana and Karnataka – to outlaw what the Bharatiya Janata Party and the respective government heads call ‘love jihad’.

The Shivraj Singh Chouhan government in MP has also said the state would soon have a law against ‘love jihad’. Home Minister Narottam Mishra has said non-bailable charges would be applicable in cases of love jihad in Madhya Pradesh.

“We are making preparations to introduce Madhya Pradesh Freedom of Religion Bill, 2020 in Assembly. It will provide for 5 years of rigorous imprisonment. We also propose that such crimes be declared a cognizable and non-bailable offence,” Narottam Mishra had said.

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