Hundreds In Mumbai March Against ‘Love Jihad’, Demand Anti-Conversion Laws
Activists of right-wing organizations staged a massive protest in Mumbai on Sunday against ‘love jihad’ and demanded legislation against conversion and suppression of land grabs in the name of religion.
Leaders and workers of right-wing organizations such as Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS), Bajrang Dal and Vishwa Hindu Parishad (VHP) marched in the protest.
Hindu Jan Akrosh Morcha, organized by Sakal Hindu Samaj, begins at Shivaji Park in Dadar in central Mumbai and culminates at Kamgar Maidan in Parel, spanning over 4 km.
Activists chanted slogans against “jihad of love” and demanded legislation against conversions and a crackdown on land grabs in the name of religion.
Several leaders and MLAs of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and those of Minister Eknath Shinde’s Shiv Sena faction also joined the rally.
Police officers were deployed along the route of the march to prevent any unexpected incidents.
“Love jihad” is a term commonly used by right-wing activists to accuse Muslim men of plotting to entice Hindu women to convert through marriage.
Maharashtra Deputy Premier Devendra Fadnavis said last December that the government would study the “love jihad” laws introduced by other states and make an appropriate decision.
He also spoke of the “feeling” in the legislature regarding the Shraddha Walkar case that cases of “love jihad” are seen on a large scale in the state.
(Except for the title, this story has not been edited by NDTV staff and is published from an aggregated feed.)
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