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Kerala police probe crack ‘love jihad’ myth
By ASHRAF PADANNA January 04, 2012
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TRIVANDRUM: After two years of investigation into the alleged “love jihad” in which young “Muslim Romeos” lure girls from other faiths into love, religious conversion and marriage, Kerala police finally wrote: A campaign with no substance.

The cyber cell of the police has now registered a case against the operators of the website www.hindujagruti.org and initiated legal proceedings spreading religious hatred and false propaganda.

A report to this effect was filed in the Chief Judicial Magistrate Court here the other day.

Supported by posters purportedly published by Muslim outfits in Kerala and “statistics” gathered by a local newspaper, it has been claimed that hundreds of girls were being driven into the love trap and “dumped” in “conversion centres’ since 2006.

In 2009, the Kerala police chief Jacob Punnoose informed the Kerala High Court that no conclusive evidence could be gathered about existence of “love jihad” following which Justice M. Sasidharan Nambiar held that “inter-religion marriages are common in our society and it cannot be seen as a crime” and closed the investigation.

Police say there were large number of cases of young couples converting into the faith of one of them for practical purposes after love and the marriage.

Such a case hit the headlines when influential relatives of an MBA student used police to target her Muslim colleague who were in love.

A few months later, VS Aachuthanandan, the then Communist chief minister, ignited the issue saying a Muslim outfit was planning to Islamise Kerala in 20 years “by influencing youth of other religions and converting them with by giving money, marrying them to Muslim women and thus producing kids of the community.”

 A renewed campaign about love jihad was noticed recently following which Intelligence wing chief A.  Hemachandran ordered a probe.

Police said they found fake posters on the website purportedly published by a Muslim outfit offering Rs350,000 to Rs800,000 to Muslim youths for trapping girls and converting them into Islam. The cyber police have traced the brain behind the website to north India and zeroed in on its chief promoter.
 

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