Interfaith Marriages and 'Lo Jihad' in India: 'Find Out About Your Daughter Going To Marry A Muslim Boy'

Interfaith Marriages and ‘Lo Jihad’ in India: ‘Find Out About Your Daughter Going To Marry A Muslim Boy’

A Hindu girl in Mumbai has lodged a complaint with the police that she has been receiving threatening phone calls since her decision to marry a Muslim boy. According to the girl, her entire family is suffering from stress due to threatening phone calls.

“My family and I are receiving threatening calls, letters from unknown people and my father is being seduced,” the 31-year-old Sanaina (name has been changed) told Marathi over the phone. Is.’

Expressing this, fear was evident in Sanaina’s voice.

According to Sanaina, she is getting married voluntarily but some people are opposing her marriage.

No reply has been received from the Mumbai Police in this regard.

There has been a lot of discussion on social media on this issue. Aam Aadmi Party leader Preeti Sharma Menon wrote in her tweet: ‘This is threatening. Pro-Hindu thugs are threatening a woman’s request for inter-religious marriage.

Priti asks that the most important thing is where (the intimidators) got the information about this girl.

Threats after the marriage proposal

Threats after the marriage proposal

Sanaina had filed her marriage application under the Special Marriage Act at the Marriage Registration Office in Mumbai’s Khar area on June 14. According to Sanaina, threatening phone calls and letters started coming to her house the very next day after the application was submitted.

“On June 15, the day after the request, my father also received an anonymous letter stating that his daughter was going to marry a Muslim boy on that date. Do it. ‘

Sanaina said the letter was written in Marathi and the sender had complete information about them.

It was written that Muslim boys marry Hindu girls and sell them in Saudi Arabia. It’s time to dump her and move on. “

According to Sanaina, the letter warned her father. Sanaina then called the marriage registration office, where she was told, “Such incidents occur when you register under the Special Marriage Act, so don’t pay attention to them.”

” I opened the door …”

“We forgot about the incident after we applied for marriage,” Sanaina said. My father met my future husband and he liked him too.

“But when I opened the door on Tuesday, July 13, I saw three men come to persuade me not to marry a Muslim boy.”

“They told me they wanted to talk to my father. I told them to go back but they were not ready to go.

“I am 31 years old, I am an adult, I can make my own decisions, so who can threaten me in such a situation, who should I marry,” she says.

Relatives of a local phone calls

“We are also getting calls from our relatives in Gujarat and Kolkata,” she added. Those who are opposed to my marriage have also informed many of our acquaintances about it.

“My father is being persuaded to evict his daughter. My father has a secular mind. He did not oppose my marriage but after this incident, he has become very scared.

Now Sanaina is also worried about what will happen to her marriage. “My parents are very scared, their health is deteriorating,” he said. There is a lot of pressure on them.

Complain to the police

On her complaint lodged at the Khar police station in Mumbai, Sanaina said, “I have given full information to the police. I have complained about the people coming to my house. My parents are also worried.” I don’t know what will happen next? How will I get married? ‘

According to Nitin Weir, deputy director of Right to Love, a Mumbai-based organization, applications under the Special Marriage Act should not be made public.

“The 30-day notice is a long time for interfaith marriage,” he said. The marriage registration office issues a public notice in this regard while there is no provision to provide protection to the applicants.

According to the organization ‘Right to Love’, for the past few years, it has been trying to give online notices to those who want such marriages.

According to Dipti, if the notice is sent directly to the married couple, their personal information will not be able to reach other people. Their names and addresses are also in danger of becoming public.

In the last six years, the organization ‘Right to Love’ has conducted many marriages under the Special Marriage Act.

What is the Special Marriage Act?

According to the Special Marriage Act 1954 passed by the Parliament of India:

  • People of two different religions can get married without changing their religion
  • To get married, you must apply to the government’s marriage registration office 30 days in advance
  • This law applies to every person living in the country
  • For marriage, a boy must be 21 years old and a girl must be 18 years old
  • If an objection is received within 30 days from the date of submission of the application, the employees of the Marriage Registration Office examine the objection.
  • If these objections are proved to be true, then marriage is not allowed

Opposition to interfaith marriages

In India, interfaith marriages are a source of controversy and generally do not even have a social identity.

The marriage of a Muslim boy and a Hindu girl is commonly known as ‘Lo Jihad’ and is also being used politically.

The Indian state of Uttar Pradesh had recently passed a law against conversion through ‘coercion’ or ‘fraud’. Under the Lo Jihad law, a convict can be sentenced to up to ten years in prison if convicted, while the offenses are non-bailable.

The Madhya Pradesh government has also said it will introduce a special law on interfaith marriages.

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