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Love Jehad A Deceitful Web

Updated: October 29, 2011 11:00 am

WikiLeaks released on August 30, 2011, a report titled “Alleged Love Jihad heats Religious Tensions in South India”. The report was from the American Consulate at Chennai to the Secretary of State at Washington and had been sent on February 26, 2010.

To the “hard jihad” of Muslim terrorism and the non-violent, “stealth jihad” challenging India, the oxymoron “love jihad” can now be added. But this latest form of Islamist aggression has nothing to do with love but rather, like its other forms, it is spreading with hatred for the infidel and non-believers. The Love Jihadis’ modus operandi involves a heartless strategy of luring vulnerable girls and young women into converting to Islam by feigned love and promises of marriage. But instead of marital bliss, the girls unwittingly get trapped in their deceitful web usually woven by Muslim fundamentalist and terrorist organisations.

Of late, parents in the southern Indian states of Kerala, Karnataka and Tamil Nadu suffer from extreme anxiety and fear for their young daughters who leave home for school or college, irrespective of the fact that they stay in hostels or are day scholars.

The problem is most prevalent in Kerala , where the statistics of the Crime Record Bureau of the state say that the number of girls missing from Kerala was 2167 (2007), 2530 (2008), 2909 (2009) and 3232 in 2010. The police and other investigative agencies have no information regarding nearly 1600 out of these girls. The actual number may be much more taking into consideration the fact that these are the statistics of cases that have been registered—many cases go unreported due to the social stigma attached in small towns and villages. In most of the areas, it would be hugely embarrassing for Hindu parents to the reveal that their daughter has fallen for a Muslim man and eloped. Parents seldom complain to the police because eloped women are adults and their decision cannot be legally challenged. Social pressures such as family honour too force parents to leave the girls to their destiny, which is sheer hell.

The activities of Love Jihadis are most prevalent and aggressive in Kerala. There have been definite indicators, since 2006, of the existence of a nefarious, foreign-funded organisation that targets innocent Hindu and Christian women, trapping them into marriage and then forced conversions. The influx of the big money from the Gulf NRIs’, a majority of whom are Muslim, has created a lot of social upheaval and divide in the traditional society of the state.

The modus operandi of these so-called Jihadi Romeos is typical similar in many reported incidents. They hang around women’s colleges and hostels, with swank macho looks and the latest fashion accessories, astride expensive motorcycles and befriend innocent small-town girls. Free mobile phones, bikes and fashionable dresses are offered to them by their handlers as tools for the mission. College students and working girls are the prime targets. The Internet and social networking sites are also used to lure girls.

These Jihadi Romeos are given special ranks, rewards, and money for carrying out their operation of trapping more and more unsuspecting girls into their trap. Jahangir Razak, a former student of Kozhikode Law College, one such Jihadi Romeo, is said to have trapped 42 girls till date. The boys are paid rupees one lakh each for every successful entrapment, marriage, conversion and impregnation. The handlers often obtain lists after college admissions where they identify vulnerable and easy-to-be-brainwashed Hindu and Christian girls. The Jihadis are given specific targets. If the target doesn’t get trapped within first two weeks, they are instructed to leave them and move on to another girl.

The method is the usual—ice cream parlors, pubs, malls, outings, gifts and drives—and the gradual winning over the confidence is soon exploited. Each district has its own zone chairman to oversee the mission. Recce is carried out and Hindu girls are identified and targeted, especially those whom they feel are vulnerable and easy to be brainwashed.

If a recruiter does marry his convert, he is encouraged to have at least four children with her. Some believe this capability to bear offspring is the reason why young women are targeted. With conversion, their reproductive powers are taken away from a competing religion and increase instead the Muslim extremist demographic structure.

Bollywood and the Southern film industry examples are often quoted by these Love Jihadis to impress upon the non-Muslim girls. The film stars are the role models of many of India’s young, especially girls. Many of them foolishly enter the make-believe romantic world, in a way copying their dream stars. A short and random assessment of the level of cross marriages in filmdom will explain the surrogate support they extend to this activity.

The current list of Bollywood stars are all dominated by Muslims. Every Khan in the industry is being exploited, unknowingly of course, in this game of Love Jihad. Saif Ali Khan married Amrita Singh and after two children has divorced her and is now casting his spell upon Kareena Kapoor. Aamir Khan married his childhood sweetheart Reena Dutta in 1986 and abandoned her and his two children and married Kiran Rao in 2005. Shahrukh Khan is married to Gauri Chibber, a Hindu, Sohail Khan is married to Seema Sachdev, Arbaaz Khan married actress Malaika Arora, Fardeen Khan is married to Natasha Madhwani, Emran Hashmi is married to Parveen Shahani. The current heart throb of Bollywood Salman Khan has his run of the non-Muslim heroines, picking and choosing one after the other. He even had a torrid affair with Aishwarya Rai .

Interestingly enough, only two Muslim actresses figure in present-day Bollywood, Katrina Kaif and Soha Ali Khan (both are of mixed blood). The days of Mumtaz, Saira Banu, Wahida Rehman, Nargis, Jeenat Aman, Parveen Babi are over. “D” Company, which has big stakes in the Indian film industry has religiously restricted the entrance of Muslim girls to Bollywood. It has ensured that the casting couch has Hindu actresses for free run for the Khans, Muslim financers, producers, directors and actors.

Ex-cricketer Md Azzahuriddin divorced his wife for years Naureen and married former Miss India-turned-actress Sangeeta Bijlani. The Chief Minister of Jammu & Kashmir, Omar Abdullah married Payal Nath, daughter of an Army officer and has just got his divorce. The situation is very similar in the southern film industry too with numerous inctances.

Trapping naive non-Muslim girls in the web of love in order to convert to Islam is the goal of these new fangled Jihadis. It is just a sort of “hit them where it hurts them” strategy, they are striking at the very underbelly of the Hindu society where inter-religious marriage is taboo. Central investigation agencies have received information that of the nearly 10,000 girls all over India, who have been converted under Love jihad, many are being trained for jihadi activities by Pakistan and Saudi-based terrorist organisations. They are the support base in the form of sleeper cells, and are carriers for arms and explosives and are used as couriers for counterfeit currency.

Many of these girls are taken to the Gulf countries under the false pretence of a job and forced into prostitution. It was found in investigations that many of the Muslim girls found in police raids in the red light areas in different cities of the country were Hindu girls who had converted to Islam.

In 2009, an incident that left Keralites in a shock was the suicide of three girl students in Ambalapuzha. The reason behind the suicide was Love Jihad. The three girls—Anila, Veni, and Julie—committed suicide as they were being tortured by their classmates—Soufar and Shanavas. Soufar and Shanavas reportedly had links with NDF, a Muslim extremist organisation of Kerala.

The Special Branch of Police started investigation when marriages of such large scales were reported. The highest number of such marriages were reported from Malappuram, Kozhikkode and Kasargode. Besides Kerala, this phenomenon has also been noticed in other states of North India. Uttar Pradesh, Madhya Pradesh, Maharashtra, Bihar, Odisha and Assam too are on the target of these Islamofacists. Only last month there was a near riot situation in Pipili on the outskirts of Bhubaneswar, where such an incident came to light. The political parties with their appeasement policies tend to sweep all such cases under the carpet treating them as individual cases.

In July 2010, Kerala Chief Minister VS Achutanandan charged that the Popular Front of India (PFI), which allegedly masterminded the Taliban-style attack on a college lecturer, had plans to Islamise Kerala in 20 years using “money and marriages”. In a press conference in New Delhi and later on the floor of the State Assembly, Achutanandan admitted that certain elements were trying to multiply Muslim numbers in the state “by influencing youth of other religions and converting them by giving money, marrying them to Muslim women and thus producing kids for the community”. In a way, the Chief Minister was endorsing the concerns expressed by the Kerala High Court, which in August 2009, asked the state police to probe if there was an organised racket working to lure youth for conversion using love and money.

The High Court order followed allegations levelled by two girls, who had been rescued by the police. These girls admitted that they had been lured by Muslim boys who later tried to expose them to jihadi literature and sexual abuse. The judge called for a probe, which invited protests from Muslim groups. Both, the Vishwa Hindu Parishad and the Kerala Catholic Bishop’s Commission found substance in the charges and produced their own assessment of the situation and even joined hands to combat it. The preliminary report of the police initially suggested that “there are reasons to suspect concerted efforts to persuade girls to change their religion after they fall in love with Muslim boys” but then the probe trailed and gradually petered out.

The Church Commission has circulated guidelines among all churches and Church-managed educational institutions to help parents and teachers to protect girl students. It has urged parents and educational institutions to monitor their children’s activities. It wants the parents to discourage their children from using mobile phones or spending long hours on the net.

Police officials in both Kerala and Mangalore say they are looking into complaints that the ‘Love Jihadis’ are part of an international syndicate or a terror wing. Sources in the Intelligence Bureau say while they do not have anything to show that ‘Love Jihad’ is part of an international terrorist network, there was a directive from the Laskhar-e-Tayiba to its cadres to start building rapport with women in order to carry out attacks in India.

As per Islam, Muslim women are chaste if they practise hizab and remain under burqa. But non-Muslim women of other religions are easy meat, who can be targeted for fun or converted to Islam. The strategy here is to use wombs of non-Muslim women to increase the population of Muslims. The added bonus is humiliation to the Hindu and Christian communities when they find their women eloping with Muslims. It is a win-win situation for Islamist fundamentalist—Hindu women, instead of producing Hindu children produce Muslim children, who are brought up with indoctrinarian conditions and taught to fight the Hindus.

Even in France and Britain, a culture of silence has facilitated the sexual exploitation of hundreds of young girls by criminal pimping gangs, mostly consisting of Muslims. Radical Muslims are being accused of blackmailing young Hindu and Sikh women into changing religion in “groomed conversions” on campuses.

The men aggressively target vulnerable university students by using the fear of being dishonoured to force them to convert, community leaders have told The Times, the leading British paper. Many befriend their victims, then threaten to tell their families that they are in a sexual relationship with a Muslim. Some teenagers are said to have been drugged and photographed in compromising positions. Many comply because they are so afraid of shaming their parents or being rejected by their communities.

In plain language, Love Jihad shows what Islamic fundamentalists will do to enforce their doctrine of superiority of numbers. Love Jihad is typically one of variations of the sacred taqqiya tactic for conversion, among other things. But in this case, it’s violent taqqiya, a sort of contradiction to the doctrine. Mention Love Jihad in the secular-liberal circles, and you’ll be ridiculed in a characteristic way. The fact that “misguided” Muslim youth are abducting Hindu girls and marrying them to keep the Islamic baby factory well-oiled is real. No amount of secular discourse will make this go away. Thus far, these kidnappings were restricted to Hindu women but Kerala has broken new ground. There have even been many cases of married women leaving behind their husbands and children.

Suryakant Kelkar, National Convenor of the Bharat Raksha Manch has stated that in the coming days Love Jihad would be a major problem in many of the Indian states. There is a marked increase in the incidence of such cases, and the operations are being planned and orchestrated with all logistical support, training, finance and back-up. The Manch is collating and compiling data from all states and shall compel the state government to formulate and implement suitable laws to control this menace.

In essence, Love Jihad is a form of demographic aggression. Like the “stealth jihad”, which employs political activism to achieve Islamic fundamentalists’ aims in Western societies, it employs deception and is viewed as a useful tactic in bringing about Islamic world domination. That, however, is of little solace to many precious young women whose lives have been destroyed, and many more who will fall prey to this new form of crusade.

 By Anil Dhir

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