December 28, 2015

India: To counter ‘Love Jihad’, Bajrang Dal demands ban on conversions post-marriage

The Times of India

Uday Rana | TNN | Dec 28, 2015, 05.41 PM IST

MEERUT: Bajrang Dal, an affiliate organization of the Vishwa Hindu Parishad (VHP), has demanded a ban on religious conversions after marriage.

Bajrang Dal's state convener Balraj Dugar said hat they would put an end to "love jihad". The Bajrang Dal leader said that "true love" does not require anybody to change religion. "Why would a Muslim man want a Hindu girl to change her religion after he marries her? We will write to the President of India, demanding a ban on religious conversions after marriage. This gives people the right to marry whoever they want but also protects the majority community against the menace of love jihaad."

Leaders of the Bhartiya Janata Party (BJP), Bajrang Dal and the Vishwa Hindu Parishad (VHP) had on Friday addressed a mahapanchayat in Shamli district's Kandhla town over the issue of a 22-year-old Hindu girl who had gone missing along with her family's 40-year-old tenant Mohammed Asif. Hours after the mahapanchayat, both Asif and the girl were found in New Delhi's Vasant Vihar. VHP and Bajrang had claimed that this was a case of "Love jihad".

Dungar told TOI, "I am not an enemy of love but this was clearly a case of love jihad. Why else would a 40-year-old man want to lure a girl so much younger than him? They are not a match in any way. There is a huge age difference and the man is already married with three children. This is a conspiracy to reduce the number of Hindus in the country so that we become a minority."