Kerala government sleeping over love jihad: Yogi Adityanath
Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath on Sunday slammed the Left Front government in Kerala for not taking any constructive steps to stop love jihad. Though the Kerala High Court had made remarks against love jihad in 2009, the state government had done nothing to check it, he claimed. The Uttar Pradesh government had brought out legislation to regulate love jihad and forceful conversions.
Love jihad would make Kerala an Islamic state: Kerala HC
"In 2009, the Kerala HC said the love jihad would turn Kerala into an Islamic state. Despite this, the state government is sleeping," Yogi said after inaugurating the state-wide Vijay Yatra led by BJP state unit president K Surendran ahead of the state assembly elections.
About the saffron party's 15-day Vijay Yatra
The 15-day Vijay Yatra, covering all major constituencies in 14 districts, is seen as the official launch of the saffron party's poll campaign. Various union ministers, BJP's popular leaders, and star campaigners at the national level are expected to join the train on various days. Union Minister Amit Shah is expected to inaugurate the finale at the state capital on March 7.
What is love jihad?
Love Jihad is a term used by right-wing activists to refer to the alleged campaign of Muslims forcing Hindu girls to convert in the guise of love. UP and Madhya Pradesh have brought religious freedom laws to stop conversion through marriage or other fraudulent means.
Christian women allegedly also being targeted in Kerala
In Kerala, not only Hindu women but allegedly Christian women are being targeted as well. Syro Malabar Church had issued a circular stating that Christian women are being targeted, recruited to terrorist outfit Islamic State, made sex slaves, and even killed. Kerala Catholic Bishops Conference's Commission for Social Harmony and Vigilance claimed that there were 4,000 instances of love jihad between 2005 and 2012.