Assam Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma confirmed today that “jihad of love” is a “reality” and has been established by the grisly murder of Shraddha Walkar in Delhi. Mr Sarma had previously spoken about the issue in the context of the killings, stressing that the country needs strict laws against “love jihad” – a term coined by the right to describe many relationships. relationship between faiths.
In an exclusive interview with NDTV today, Mr Sarma – who joined the BJP in 2015 after 22 years in Congress – said that “love jihad is a reality from a national point of view”.
“There is evidence of jihad of love (in Walkar’s case)… even in Aaftab’s lie test, it is said that he revealed that his actions would lead him to it. jannat (heaven). There are reports about it,” Mr Sarma told NDTV.
Mr Sarma also made the assertion earlier, telling the Times Now Summit that there was a “love jihadist element” in the killing.
A part of the right believes that Muslim boys lure Hindu girls into relationships in a planned way to ensure they convert their religion.
But in February 2020, the Union Home Office told parliament that the term is not defined under current law and that no cases have been reported by any central authority — officially. remove this term.
“That’s the question we’re asking to define the term love jihad because we firmly believe that love jihad exists even if you conduct a lie test,” Mr Sarma told NDTV. when asked about the difference, quoting Aaftab Poonawala’s reported comment on jannat.
“Jihadi of love is very important even for Assam. A jihad of love is when love is used for specific purposes and when these purposes are not being met you will encounter situations like Shraddha,” he said.
Mr. Sarma also emphasized that his statement is not public in nature. “For you, it’s a public statement, for any left-wing libertarian, it’s a public statement. But for me, this statement comes out. in the national interest,” he said.
The gruesome murder of 26-year-old Shraddha Walkar and the plan to dispose of her body by her boyfriend Aaftab Poonawala sent shockwaves across the country. The issue became controversial because of the religious divide between the two and the woman’s estrangement from her father over the relationship.
Last month, a union minister blamed “educated girls” for leaving their parents and opting for cohabitation relationships, sparking a storm of protests.
Alleging that cohabiting relationships lead to crime, Union Minister Kaushal Kishor said, “These incidents are happening to all the girls who are well educated and think they are very outspoken and capable. ability to make decisions about one’s future”.