With No Credible Evidence, Love Jihad Cases In Kanpur Crumble

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With No Credible Evidence, 'Love Jihad' Cases In Kanpur Crumble

Shalini, now Fiza Fatima, and her husband Mohammed Faisal refuted all allegations of “Love Jihad”

Kanpur/New Delhi:

Throughout India – from Karnataka to Haryana – BJP chief ministers are stoking fears, promising to carry legal guidelines to fight “love jihad” – the unproven right-wing conspiracy principle that Muslim males attempt to seduce non-Muslim ladies and have covert to Islam.

Essentially the most strident has been Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath, who issued a not-so-veiled warning that those that practise “love jihad” will likely be despatched on their “antim sanksar” or final rites.

However in Adityanath’s UP, the one BJP state by which the police are probing so-called “love jihad”, the circumstances are quickly coming undone, an NDTV investigation has discovered.

In August this 12 months, the UP police created a Particular Investigation Group or SIT in Kanpur, to probe alleged circumstances of “love jihad”.

Two months later, half of the 14 circumstances the police had been investigating have collapsed, and a remaining closure report has been filed after the police concluded that these had been consensual relationships between Hindu ladies and their Muslim companions, in accordance with Vikas Pandey, who’s accountable for the SIT.

“From 14, solely 7 are nonetheless being investigated,” he mentioned.

Of the remaining seven, NDTV carefully scrutinised three circumstances which appear getting ready to unravelling for related causes: in two circumstances, the so-called ladies victims clearly say that they weren’t coerced by their Muslim companions into marriage or conversion, whereas in one other, the neighbours declare that the boy and lady had been in a relationship earlier than it turned bitter.

One of many circumstances being probed by the police – and which triggered the narrative of a “love jihad” outbreak in Kanpur is that of a younger girl referred to as Shalini Yadav.

On August 7, Shalini’s mom filed a police criticism alleging that her daughter was threatened and brought away at gunpoint by a person referred to as Mohammed Faisal, who lives in a Kanpur neighbourhood referred to as Juhi Colony, forcibly transformed her to Islam and was attempting to drive her into prostitution and trafficking.

4 days later, on August 11, Shalini uploaded a now-viral video saying she had transformed and married of her personal will. She additionally repeated her assertions of free will in an announcement to the courts – a Delhi periods courtroom, and the Delhi Excessive Court docket. Even her conversion certificates, reviewed by NDTV, says “I settle for Islam by my very own selection.”

Her mom, Satarupa Yadav, nonetheless, insists that it’s a conspiracy – a declare she can’t again with proof.

“It’s Love Jihad. As a result of she was a minor when she was trapped. She is 22 now. She is talking underneath strain,” she instructed us.

Once we ask the mom of proof of the extra outrageous allegations – that Faisal and her household had been making an attempt to visitors her – she falters. All she will supply is that she “feels” and so they (Muslims) are “the sort”.

Once we met Shalini, now Fiza Fatima, and her husband Mohammed Faisal close to the Jama Masjid in Outdated Delhi, she caught to her stand: the allegations within the FIR are false.

“I’m standing right here confidently and talking. I’ve achieved an MBA. Do you suppose I’m so educated however nonetheless anyone can come and ‘behla phuslakar’ (coerce) he can take me away? Do not I’ve any sense? Am I a child lady that someone will say one thing and I’ll get brainwashed” she requested.

Her husband, when requested why she transformed and never him, mentioned he was prepared to transform as nicely. He mentioned that once they had gone to the wedding registrar’s workplace, and so they had been requested who can be changing, he had put up his hand, together with Fiza. Nonetheless, she would not permit him and insisted that she needed to transform.

Whatever the lack of credible proof of any wrongdoing, on August 20, Yogi Adityanath’s media adviser tweeted the viral video of Shalini Yadav, aka Fiza Fatima, citing it for example of “love jihad”.

9 days after his tweet, the UP police constituted a Particular Investigation Group to probe related FIRs of Hindu ladies who had married or had relationships with Muslim boys.

The SIT got down to probe 14 FIRs in all, however on the core of the narrative of a nexus had been three FIRs, involving Hindu ladies in a relationship with Muslim boys from the identical locality – Juhi Colony.

One other case nonetheless being probed is of Ekta Verma, who married a person referred to as Mohsin, who like Faisal can be mentioned to be from Juhi Colony.

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Ekta additionally instructed NDTV that she transformed to Islam of her personal free will.

On August 24, Ekta’s father Hari Kishore Pasi filed an FIR {that a} gang of boys from Juhi Colony, together with Mohsin and Faisal, had been threatening to take his daughter, Ekta, away underneath “Love Jihad”.

The FIR additionally claims that Mohsin, Ekta’s husband, in addition to members of the so-called gang, used casteist slurs towards him.

Once we met Ekta, like Shalini, she says she transformed and married Mohsin of her personal free will and has the conversion papers to show it.

Once we requested her father for proof of his allegations of conspiracy, he says it is as a result of all of the boys are recognized to one another and that decision data show this.

Regardless of Ekta’s assertion of free will, the police arrested Mohsin in addition to his pal Aamir and two others. Mohsin has since been launched after her assertion. However Aamir remains to be in jail.

We requested the police why the Shalini Yadav and the Ekta Verma circumstances had been nonetheless open, given that there’s thus far little proof of criminality.

Mr Pandey, accountable for the SIT, mentioned that it’s as a result of the Muslim males the women married are from the identical locality and there have been some connections between the circumstances.

Off digicam, a member of the SIT additionally claimed to have name data to point out the boys had been in contact.

Aamir’s mom, Ekta, Shalini and Faizal all say the boys weren’t a part of any gang, and that they didn’t know one another.

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We get a glimpse of one other side of those circumstances from Ekta (who know goes by the title of Alia Khan), of the involvement of Sangh Parivar teams.

She claims that members of the Bajrang Dal had come to her household residence and threatened her.

“They mentioned that should you do not agree (to depart Mohsin and keep together with her circle of relatives), then we’ll do no matter we have to,” she mentioned.

This involvement of the Vishwa Hindu Parishad or VHP and the Bajrang Dal was seen in all of the circumstances NDTV investigated, however their function appears to be the clearest within the case of a 16-year-old lady from Kanpur who left residence in February this 12 months, which remains to be being probed by the SIT.

We now have hid all identities referring to this case due to her household’s assertion that she is a minor.

The 16-year-old’s brother filed an FIR in September alleging {that a} Muslim boy from their neighbourhood had taken away his sister in February, transformed her and compelled her to stick with the boy.

He says that his sister got here residence only a few days earlier, complaining of home violence and demise threats and that they use casteist slurs towards her.

We had been instructed that the lady is now not in Kanpur and that she is staying with household of their village. Once we spoke to her over the cellphone, she corroborated the allegations within the FIR.

She mentioned that she had gone with the boy, as a result of he had threatened her and that she was forcibly transformed and made to do a Nikah as nicely.

“I had nothing to do with him. He was simply from my locality,” she says when requested if they’d been in a relationship.

However the Muslim boy’s household assert the lady is just not a minor and he or she had come to their residence of her personal free will.

The boy’s mom says that they’d been in love with one another for 3 years and that everyone within the neighbourhood was conscious. She mentioned that it was after the lady’s aunt began visiting at their residence, that the lady modified her thoughts.

The boy’s household additionally shared paperwork of their courtroom marriage held in February, which states that the lady is eighteen. His mom additionally claims that one of many witnesses was in reality the lady’s aunt.

Their neighbours, who’re Hindus as nicely, help this model of occasions. They are saying that the lady had been completely satisfied when she was staying on the boy’s residence and that the Bajrang Dal could have been concerned in getting the case filed.

They cite a narrative that appeared within the Hindi each day, Amar Ujala, on September 4, 2020, which says “the lady’s brother reached the police station with Bajrang Dal employees on Wednesday and obtained a report filed”.

Furthermore, once we tried contacting the lady’s brother who’s presently in Maharashtra, he directed us in the direction of the Bajrang Dal’s Kanpur district convenor, Amarnath Verma saying that he was in reality overseeing the case.

Mr Verma mentioned that they had been supporting the household, and helped on the time of getting police criticism registered. He mentioned they’d supported them morally and even inspired the brother to file the criticism.

The sequence of occasions in reality reveals how the Yogi Adityanath authorities, the Vishwa Hindu Parishad and the Bajrang Dal seem to have acted in tandem in getting an SIT fashioned to analyze these circumstances of inter-faith relationships.

5 days after Adityanath’s media adviser tweeted the Shalini Yadav video, the VHP met and submitted a memorandum to prime police officers in Kanpur on August 25, demanding they take the strict motion towards those that take pleasure in “Love Jihad”.

They ended with a warning that if the incidents didn’t cease “the Bajrang Dal will do the job of instructing these anti-social, anti-national parts a lesson”.

Nonetheless, as an alternative of appearing towards an open menace of vigilante violence, the SIT was fashioned 4 days afterward August 29.

Mohit Agarwal, the Kanpur Inspector Basic, denied any affect of Sangh Parivar teams when requested.

“Many individuals had include (the dad and mom of the women). Now do not know which organisation or neighborhood they had been from… That is primarily based mostly on the dad and mom’ calls for,” he mentioned.

The VHP, nonetheless, claimed in any other case.

Deen Dayal Gaur, the Kanpur Zone Joint secretary of the VHP who had additionally signed the memorandum, mentioned they’d met the highest police officers, and that they hold assembly them.

He additionally mentioned that they’d be assembly the police once more in November to search out out extra about what occurred.

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