Senior Congress chief and Rajasthan chief minister Ashok Gehlot on Friday cornered the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) on the problem of “love jihad” and mentioned that the BJP “manufactured” the time period to divide the nation.
“Love Jihad is a word manufactured by BJP to divide the Nation & disturb communal harmony. Marriage is a matter of personal liberty, bringing a law to curb it is completely unconstitutional & it will not stand in any court of law. Jihad has no place in Love,” Gehlot mentioned in a sequence of tweets.
“They are creating an environment in the nation where consenting adults would be at the mercy of state power. Marriage is a personal decision & they are putting curbs on it, which is like snatching away personal liberty,” he added. “It seems a ploy to disrupt communal harmony, fuel social conflict & disregard constitutional provisions like the state not discriminating against citizens on any ground,” he additionally tweeted.
The tweets from Gehlot condemning the problem comes as states dominated by the BJP, together with Uttar Pradesh and Haryana, are considering bringing a regulation towards “love jihad”, saying conversion for marriage by pressure, fraud, lure or instigation shall be punishable by a most jail time period of 5 years.
Madhya Pradesh has proposed changing the 1968 Madhya Pradesh Freedom of Religion Act with The Madhya Pradesh Dharm Swatantrey (freedom of faith) Bill, 2020. Under this invoice, the offence of forceful conversion for marriage shall be cognizable — which signifies that police can arrest somebody with no warrant and begin an investigation with out the permission of the court docket — and non-bailable.
If such pressured conversion is proved, then the wedding involved shall be declared null and void and anybody who assisted or was part of the conversion train shall be handled at par with the primary accused, officers have mentioned.
“Love Jihad” is a time period utilized by right-wing employees to explain interfaith relationships between a Muslim man and a Hindu lady. In February this 12 months, the federal government instructed Parliament that there was no definition of the time period and no such circumstances had been reported by businesses.