Protests planned in Bengaluru as Karnataka mulls ‘love jihad’ law

Written by Ralph Alex Arakal
| Bengaluru |

Updated: November 30, 2020 9:44:12 pm

Karnataka mulling a strict law towards what Hindutva outfits name “love-jihad”, inter-religious marriages involving Hindu girls. (Representational Image)

With the BJP-led authorities in Karnataka mulling a strict law towards what Hindutva outfits name “love-jihad”, inter-religious marriages involving Hindu girls, a bunch of organisations in Bengaluru have determined to stage an indication towards the proposed transfer on Tuesday.

A bunch of protesters stated that it was essential to uphold every particular person’s proper to decide on their very own associate, free from the state interference. “The government’s attempt to control these choices is in pursuit of a communal agenda, and is unacceptable to fraternal makeup of our democracy. Moreover, matters of faith and belief concern the rights of citizens, and cannot be policed by the State,” the organisers of the protest stated in an announcement.

Vinay Sreenivasa, a Bengaluru-based advocate, condemned leaders utilizing the time period “love-jihad” whereas describing it as a derogatory utilization. “While this discriminates against Muslims, it also undermines the autonomy of women to make choices. The very use of the term ‘jihad; itself imputes guilt on the part of one religious community, insinuating a controversy on their part to ‘forcibly’ utilize love as a means to convert persons to another religion,” he stated.

Meanwhile, Manohar Elavarthi, Karnataka General Secretary of Swaraj Abhiyan, stated, “This is yet another effort by leaders of the ruling BJP to demonise members of a particular community. Trying to enact such a law would further push the society towards permanent polarisation used as a temporary benefit to win elections.”

A press release endorsed by a number of residents, activists, and organisations forward of the protests identified that such a law would take away rights provided by the Constitution to girls as properly.

Read: posters made as part of the campaign gaining traction on social media

“Controlling who a woman chooses to marry and whether she converts to another religion, treats women as un-free agents, making a man liable for ‘converting a woman’. This is what the proposed ordinance in Uttar Pradesh does, and what other proposed laws seek to do,” the assertion citing the just lately promulgated Prohibition of Unlawful Conversion Ordinance, 2020 in Uttar Pradesh stated.

With posters made as a part of the marketing campaign gaining traction on social media, a number of children have volunteered to take to the streets on Tuesday for the protest planned at Mysore Bank Circle in Bengaluru.

Posters made as a part of the marketing campaign gaining traction on social media.

One amongst them, Raghavendra G, a 24-year-old who works in town as a gross sales govt, stated: “No law should be passed to curtail the rights of the people. While there is enough resistance from conservative minds against even inter-caste marriages these days, such laws will just put the lives of many youngsters under threat. This is likely to contribute to a rise in moral policing as well to promote an age-old mindset.”

Earlier this month, Karnataka Chief Minister B S Yediyurappa had stated the state authorities would introduce sturdy measures to curb spiritual conversions on account of “love jihad”. “There are many reports about conversions due to love jihad. I don’t know about other states, but in Karnataka we are going to end this. We are viewing the luring of girls with the use of money or love as something serious. We will take stern measures,” Yediyurappa had stated.

BJP’s nationwide common secretary and state minister C T Ravi had known as for enacting a strict law towards “love jihad”. “On lines of Allahabad High Court’s order, Karnataka will enact a law banning religious conversions for the sake of marriage. We will not remain silent when Jihadis strip the dignity of Our Sisters. Anyone involved in the act of conversion shall face severe & swift punishment,” he had stated, fuelling the controversy on the subject.

Meanwhile, BJP Karnataka president Nalin Kumar Kateel final week stated in Mangaluru: “The state government will push for a Bill to curb “love jihad” in the course of the upcoming Legislative Assembly session.” He added that the federal government would additionally reintroduce the Bill to ban cow slaughter, in the course of the winter session of Vidhana Soudha scheduled to be held from December 7.

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