Bengaluru, Nov 4 (IANS) A day after Karnataka minister tweeted implying the necessity to enact a law to thwart ‘Love Jihad’, clamour within the state BJP grew with Revenue Minister R. Ashoka conceding on Wednesday that discussions on a law to stop ‘Love Jihad’ are going on within the party.
Speaking to reporters here, Ashoka said that the party had been discussing about the possibility of enacting such a law for some time now.
“Allahabad High Court passing an order against conversions for the sake of inter-religious marriages gives us the required strength to come out with a law against purported Love Jihad,” he said.
The minister added that in recent times, organised forces have been trying to mislead the youth by proselytising them. “Even this was highlighted by the Allahabad High Court’s verdict,” he said.
The minister claimed that the ruling party was in consultations with various legal experts, besides keeping a watch on the developments in this regard.
“After the High Court’s order, many states ruled by our party are thinking hard to come out with a law to thwart Love Jihad, and Karnataka too will have such a special law,” he said.
Udupi-Chikkamagaluru MP Shobha Karandlaje said that Love Jihad was nothing but an act of terrorism. “Those who try to covert others to their religion should be booked under acts that deal with terrorism,” she said.