CM Yogi Adityanath promises strict laws against 'love Jihad'
New Delhi : Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath on Saturday claimed that his government is working on introducing a new law that deals with inter-faith marriages, specially between Muslim men and Hindu women.
He also promised that public land which has been encroached by mafias and criminals would be secured back and houses for poor people will be made on them. The announcements were made during his public address, part of a campaign, for Bharatiya Janata Party ( BJP) candidates in for the upcoming assembly bypolls.
He quoted an Allahabad High Court order that read, "religious conversion solely for the purpose of marriage is not valid under law."
"The Allahabad high court has said that for marriages, changing religion isn’t necessary. The government too has decided to check ‘love jihad’ with all its might. An effective law would be made that would ensure that those who cheat gullible women by hiding their identity would be effectively dealt with," the CM said.
Love Jihad is a term used by right-wing workers to describe interfaith relationships between a Muslim man and a Hindu woman.
"I want to warn all such people that if they don’t mend their ways, they would have to set out on a ‘Ram naam satya hai’ journey," he said.
‘Ram naam satya hai’ (Ram is the eternal truth) is the chant Hindus raise while lending a shoulder to the bier during last rites.
"Many of our sisters and daughters became victims of `love jihad’. They were deceived by people using forged names and identity," he pointed out.