Mumbai: Hindu right-wing organisation Sri Ram Sene on Friday lashed out at Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh for his controversial comments on the love-jihad issue and demanded that a special panel be set up to probe all such cases.
Singh had on September 12 expressed ignorance on the entire issue, saying, "Arey yeh hai kya? Hume nahi maloom (What is this. I don't know)," when reporters drew his attention towards BJP leaders from Uttar Pradesh, Madhya Pradesh and Gujarat issuing statements asking Hindu girls to stay away from Muslims.
"It is shameful that Rajnath Singh made such comments despite being a seasoned politician. If he said he has no idea on love jihad, what kind of a Home Minister is he? If he does not take back his statements immediately, we will teach him what love-jihad is by besieging his house in Delhi," Sene leader Pramod Muthalik said while addressing reporters here.
He alleged that 22 cases of love jihad have been reported in Maharashtra alone, and that serious cognisance needs to be taken on it.
"We have, through RTI found out that 22 cases of love-jihad have been reported in Maharashtra alone. Maneka Gandhi (Union Women and Child Development Minister) had on Wednesday said that no such case has been reported. We want a special committee to be set up, that will initiate an inquiry into such cases," Muthalik added.
Muthalik also threatened to take these victims from Maharashtra to the Home Minister's residence and make them tell their ordeal to Singh.
BJP skirted the term last month when it adopted the subject of "forced" conversions as a campaign issue for the by-polls.