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What is Love Jihad? asks Rajnath Singh

At a time when many Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leaders are constantly raising the Love Jihad issue, Home Minister Rajnath Singh on Friday refused to answer on the contentious issue, saying that he needs to understand the term's definition.

Updated: Sep 12, 2014, 15:52 PM IST
What is Love Jihad? asks Rajnath Singh

New Delhi: At a time when many Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leaders are constantly raising the `Love Jihad` issue, Home Minister Rajnath Singh on Friday refused to reply to the contentious issue, saying that he needs to understand the term's definition.

When Rajnath was asked to comment on `Love Jihad` during a press conference in the national capital, Singh replied: “What is that? I need to understand its definition.”

"Arey yeh hai kya. Hume nahi maloom (What is this. I don't know)," was Singh's reply 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.

"I have no idea," was the only response from Singh when he was persistently queried about the 'love jihad' statements of  various leaders. 

 

The issue has been making headlines since national shooter Tara Sahdeo alleged that she was tortured and forced to convert her religion by her husband.

Sahdeo's alleged case of `Love Jihad` had resulted in an enormous uproar in Jharkhand. Her husband Ranjit Ranjit Singh Kohli alias Rakibul Hassan was arrested and sent to 14 days judicial custody.

Recently, many BJP leaders have repeatedly used the term `Love Jihad` to accuse Muslim men of luring Hindu girls into marriage and then forcing them to convert to Islam.

Recently, Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) ideologue Rakesh Sinha said that `Love Jihad` is taking place in a planned way to destabilise the society.

"Love Jihad is not new and it has been there in the society, only thing is that it is making news these days," Sinha said.

"It is a social issue and not a political one. Social organisations should discuss this issue in a non secular way, and those who avoid or run away from the issue of love jihad are hurting the society," he added.

The political parties like the Samajwadi Party, Congress, Left and Bahujan Samaj Party have accused the BJP of trying to create an atmosphere of communal tension by using the term `Love Jihad` as a political tool.