Some Indian states plan legislation against 'love jihad'

Move fuels conspiracy theory that Muslim men in campaign to convert women to Islam

In a photo taken on Oct 14, one of India's top jewellery brands is forced to withdraw its advertisement featuring a happy inter-religious family
In a photo taken on Oct 14, one of India's top jewellery brands is forced to withdraw its advertisement featuring a happy inter-religious familyPHOTO: AFP

Five Indian states have proposed new laws on forced religious conversions around marriage, fuelling the "love jihad" conspiracy theory which claims that Muslim men are carrying out an organised campaign to convert women to Islam.

On Oct 31, Hindu cleric Yogi Adityanath, who is chief minister of the northern state of Uttar Pradesh, India's most populous state, thundered at an election rally: "The government is taking a decision to stop love jihad… I warn those who conceal their identities and disrespect our sisters. If you don't mend your ways, your funerals will begin soon."

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on November 09, 2020, with the headline 'Some Indian states plan legislation against 'love jihad''. Print Edition | Subscribe