Even after a love jihad law has been passed in the state, textbook cases of the exploitative practice continue to stream in from Uttar Pradesh.
One Moinuddin pretended to be Munnu Singh and married a woman in Gorakhpur, Uttar Pradesh, reports Times of India. A month after the marriage, he told the girl that he was a Muslim, and began forcing her to convert. The girl, shocked at the revelation, refused to convert. At this point, Moinuddin, 28, threatened her that he’d marry another Muslim woman if she didn’t convert to Islam. The girl then approached the local police, which arrested Moinuddin. Moinuddin’s cousin Rehmat Ali, who helped him conceal his religious identity, has also been arrested.
“Moinuddin, a businessman, met the woman on a social networking site. He claimed to be a Hindu and married her as per Hindu customs and rituals at a temple and started living in a rented accommodation,” Devendra Singh, SHO, Harpur Budhat said.
However, when the girl asked Moinuddin about his parents and family, he got annoyed and revealed his true identity and started forcing her to convert. The accused misbehaved with her and threatened to marry another girl of his own religion if she didn’t adopt his religion, said police. The girl went to live with her parents and recently on coming to know that Moinuddin was going to marry another woman of his religion next week, she filed a complaint with police. Police booked Moinuddin under anti-conversion law and arrested him.
“The complainant showed photographs of her wedding ceremony as per Hindu customs,” said Singh.
“We arrested Moinuddin and booked him under anti-conversion law, voluntarily causing hurt, criminal intimidation, punishment, cheating by personation, criminal conspiracy,” the SHO added.