With 'Love Jihad' becoming a topic of discussion in the State,
Muslim religious leaders have urged community members not to heed
such baseless allegations targeting the community.
On Friday, at several mosques in the city, clerics exhorted members
of the community not to believe in reports about Love Jihad or Romeo
was against pre-marital relationships. Clerics also said that the
community did not resort to such activities as Islam was against
do not believe in converting people to Islam through such
activities. There have been attempts by various sectors to target
the community by leveling baseless allegations. We should ignore
them," said a native, quoting from the speech prior to the special
Jamaat-e-Islami secretary M K Mohammed Ali said that Islam was
against using forceful means for conversion. "There has been a
tendency among youngsters to fall in love during their college days,
but we do not think that any particular community is using love as a
means to conversion," he said.
Some mosques in Thiruvananthapuram district too are sensitizing the
Muslims against Love Jihad. "Though we have not come across any sort
of Love Jihad activities here, it has indeed become a point of
discussion during the regular prayer meetings," said Vallakkadavu
Jama-ath president Saiffudin.
"Muslims are told that getting involved in such activities is
similar to cheating, which is a sin as per the Holy Quran," he said.
President of the Palayam Jamaat Shaikh Hussain said that such
matters had not come up in the mosque so far as it was felt that no
such activities were taking place there. Beemapally Jamaat secretary
T Basheer shared the view.
Earlier on September 29, Kerala High Court had asked the
state DGP to submit a report on the occurrence of
‘compulsive religious love based conversions’ that have taken place
in Kerala ‘during the last three years’. In reply to the Court
order, a report submitted by Jacob Punnoose, Director General of Police, in the Kerala
High Court on October 22, 2009 said, no organisation or movement in the name of ‘Love Jihad’ or ‘Romeo
Jihad’ is functioning in Kerala. The report had further added that no
evidence has been found regarding the functioning of any such organisation dealing with forced conversion in the state.
In a similar case, Minister of State
for Home in Maharashtra had also shrugged off any such activity
being carried out in the state.
“That the CID will probe the inter
community marriages between Muslim boys and Hindu girls and
vice-versa, is totally baseless. We have neither given any statement
nor have issued any order to the State CID in this regard.
An English Daily in Mumbai July this
year had carried a report alleging Muslim boys are luring Hindu
girls for conversion and marriages. "The report is incorrect and
does not have any basis”, Minister Nitin Raut had said in a press
conference on July 4, 2009.