Govt. mulling law against ‘love jihad’, Haryana Home Minister tells Assembly

He was replying to a notice drawing attention to the Nikita Tomar murder case.

Haryana Home Minister Anil Vij on Friday told the Vidhan Sabha that the State government is considering a law against “love jihad” and has sought information from Himachal Pradesh, which had passed a Bill on the issue.

The Himachal Pradesh Assembly had last year passed a Bill against conversion by force, inducement or through marriages solemnised for the “sole purpose” of adopting a new religion.

“We are mulling to bring a law against love jihad in Haryana,” Mr. Vij said replying to a notice drawing attention towards Ballabhgarh’s Nikita Tomar murder case.

The Home Minister said a challan in the case will be filed soon and it will be listed before a fast track court.

Mr. Vij also told the House that security has been provided to the victim’s family.

The accused —Tousif —belonged to some “powerful political family” and he was held within 12 hours of committing the crime, Mr. Vij said, adding that the murder has shaken the whole country.

Nikita’s family has alleged that the accused was pressuring her to convert to Islam in order to marry him.

Some Hindu outfits have alleged the woman’s murder is a case of “love jihad”, referred to an alleged campaign of Muslims forcing Hindu girls to convert in the guise of love.

Earlier, INLD MLA Abhay Singh Chautala demanded that the State government take adequate steps to protect the lives of women.

He demanded that police security should be provided outside educational institutions with girl students to stop such incidents.


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