Rajat Sharma

Stop ‘Love Jehad’ Before It Spreads to Other States

16 Aug Aaj Ki BaatThe Supreme Court has ordered the National Investigation Agency (NIA) to probe links of ‘love jehad’ cases in Kerala to Islamic State and submit its report. This comes in the backdrop of an interesting case from Kerala where a Muslim youth married a Hindu girl, converted her to Islam, but the marriage was annulled by the Kerala High Court on grounds of ‘love jehad’. The Muslim youth has now appealed to the Supreme Court, which has taken up the case for hearing. Legal eagles from both sides are appearing in this landmark case. But the issue is quite big, and serious too. If one goes through statistics, one is bound to find something fishy. Five years ago, on June 25, 2012, the then Kerala chief minister Oommen Chandy had told the state assembly that there were 7,713 cases of religious conversion between 2006 and 2012. In all cases, either Hindus or Christians converted to Islam. The interesting part is that, between 2009 and 2012, 2,195 Hindu girls and 492 Christian girls in Kerala converted to Islam before marrying Muslim youths. Oommen Chandy as chief minister had then given official figures, but the actual figures are quite huge. According to the conservative estimate, more than 10,000 Hindu girls were converted to Islam in Kerala in the last ten years. Kerala is the only state in India from where the largest number of Muslim youths fled to Syria to join the radical outfit Islamic State. Now that the apex court has ordered an NIA probe into ‘love jehad’ cases in Kerala, one hopes that the truth will come out and preventive measures would be taken.

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