Eleven of 14 inter-faith marriages in Kanpur, Uttar Pradesh, concerned criminality, however there is no such thing as a proof of conspiracy or overseas funding, the Kanpur police have mentioned, contradicting claims concerning the so-called “love jihad”. Over the previous months, Chief Ministers of a number of BJP-ruled states have promised to deliver legal guidelines to fight “love jihad” — a time period coined by proper wing teams claiming that Muslim males enter into relationships with non-Muslim ladies to forcibly convert them. This, the precise wing teams insist, is a part of a conspiracy.
To date, Karnataka, Haryana and Madhya Pradesh are among the many a number of states that promised legal guidelines in opposition to love jihad, regardless of BJP-led Central authorities’s admission in parliament in February that the time period will not be outlined beneath present legal guidelines and no such case has been reported by any Central company.
In Uttar Pradesh, the place Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath has issued warnings about “final rites” to practitioners of “Love Jihad”, 14 instances have been beneath scanner in Kanpur, compiled during the last two years.
The police’s newest model seems to contradict on file statements to NDTV simply three weeks in the past by the pinnacle of the Particular Investigation Staff probing the instances. Half the 14 instances had collapsed, and a remaining closure report was being filed, the officer had mentioned.
“We compiled the instances of previous two years in Kanpur. There have been 14 such instances. In some instances, a remaining report has been filed. Of 14, there are solely seven during which we’re nonetheless investigating,” Vikas Pandey, the officer in control of the instances, had advised NDTV. “In these (seven closed instances) we noticed there was nothing. The ladies knew them. On that foundation, remaining stories have been filed,” he added.
Immediately, Mr Pandey’s senior, Kanpur Inspector Basic of police Mohit Agarwal, advised the media that the SIT had discovered proof of crime in 11 of the 14 instances they probed.
“They discovered 11 instances the place some crime has been dedicated and 11 folks have been jailed. In three instances, the SIT discovered the women have been above 18 and mentioned they exercised their free will… In these instances, no motion is being taken,” Mr Agarwal advised the media in Kanpur.
Requested what crime was dedicated within the 11 instances, Mr Agarwal mentioned in three instances, the lads had “given false names to coax the women and the women say they discovered later these males are from a special faith”. There have been additionally instances the place the women have been minor, the police mentioned.
The Kanpur police nonetheless say they’ve discovered no proof of a conspiracy or an organised effort.
“4 males of the 11 are such who used to talk with one another they usually had relations with ladies from one other faith however to this point there is no such thing as a angle of overseas funding. To date within the SIT inquiry we now have discovered no proof of a conspiracy or that these folks did something in an organized effort however it’s actually true they modified their names and in lots of instances, they established relations with minor ladies,” Mr Agarwal advised the media.
Two weeks in the past, NDTV carefully scrutinised three of the 14 instances. In two instances, the ladies mentioned they weren’t coerced by their Muslim companions into marriage or conversion. In one other case, the neighbours claimed that the boy and lady have been in a relationship, earlier than it turned bitter.