Inter-faith marriage in India has grabbed the headlines and intense debate ever since the Tanishq ad controversy took place.
The specter of “love jihad” is haunting India again. Amid all the controversy over a Hindu woman marrying a Muslim man and converting to Islam, a Muslim youth in Haryana’s Yamunanagar district married a Hindu woman, adopting her religion and even changing his name.
According to a report in Newsbits, on November 9, the couple eloped. After the woman’s disappearance, her family filed a case of abduction against the man, Akram.
The couple approached the court after the case was filed against Akram. The court has provided them with police security. The couple tied the knot at a temple in Panchkula according to Hindu rituals and the man changed his name from Akram to Arvid and converted to Hinduism.
In a statement recorded by the police, the woman belongs to Chhappar and affirmed that she would stay with her partner.
Meanwhile, a Special Investigation Team (SIT) set up in September to probe alleged cases of ‘love jihad’ has ruled out any conspiracy angle in the 14 such cases it investigated and also found no evidence that the Muslim youths involved got any funding from abroad. The SIT, which submitted its report on Monday, also dismissed charges that the youths had the backing of any organisation, as per a report in The Indian Express.
The SIT’s findings come two days after the Uttar Pradesh government announced that it would bring an ordinance to check unlawful conversions in the state, primarily aimed at alleged cases of ‘love jihad’.