Tuesday, October 4th, 2022 02:47:20

Slanderous Love

By Deepak Kumar Rath
Updated: September 15, 2022 3:35 pm

By Deepak Kumar Rath

Ankita Singh’s murder in Dumka has led to national outrage and rising clamour for justice for the victim. This has also caused discontent among Hindu organisations, who suspect that this is part of a larger conspiracy, in which men of a particular religion feign love, marry and then coerce her to convert, if the girl does not comply or does not marry, then kill her or disfigure her face by throwing acid. Termed Love Jihad, Hindu organisations are demanding an immediate inquiry into the case and the culprits be meted out with severe punishment. Apparently, the Ankita Singh murder has raised a lot of debate on all the questions related to the organised efforts of the Love Jihad gang in the whole of North-South and West-East India from Kerala to Kashmir and from Assam to Rajasthan. In Pakistan and Bangladesh, the news of kidnapping non-Muslim women in broad daylight, forcing them to nikaah, and forcibly converting them to Islam, is being read all over the world for decades, suddenly the same news is now being published daily in every state of India. This alleged slogan of Love Jihad has been circulating in the broad daylight for long, but no action has been taken against it. Those who try to mislead the society and system by describing Love Jihad as a case of two adults are either obsessed or prejudiced. Actually, this matter is not a decision taken by mutual consent of two persons, but it is a matter of forgery, malice and coercion. This is a case of demonic and elusive power. Of course, this is not the personal issue of only two adults. This is the issue of innocent daughters who are trapped in the web of lies and deceit; this is the issue of innocent lives unaware of intrigue.

The medieval age practice of conquering and forcibly converting the losers to Islam gave way to deception, deceit, allurement of money from the Gulf countries and the dark concept of Love Jihad in the post-Independence India. The men aggressively target vulnerable girls by using the fear of being dishonoured to force them to convert. 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 started gaining currency, with economically poor girls from vulnerable social background falling prey to the ensnarement tactics of Love Jihadis. Once they fell into the trap of marriage, they were brainwashed, converted to the Jihadi’s religion and left in the lurch to fend for themselves and their children born out of wedlock. 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. Unless the government breaks the nexus of these insidious elements by enforcing a firm anti-conversion law with teeth, the question mark on the nation’s territorial integrity and unity would only get bigger.

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