HC directs Kerala Govt. to probe 'Love
The Kerala High Court Wednesday directed the State government to
inquire into ‘Love Jihad’ or ‘Romeo Jihad’, a campaign allegedly
propagated by a Muslim organisation to convert girls into Islam
under the pretext of love. The report has to be filed within
The Karnataka government Thursday said 'Love Jihad', an alleged
attempt by some Muslim men to lure non-Muslim girls with promises of
marriage and get them converted to Islam, appeared to be a serious
issue and it would take steps to counter it.
A meeting of senior police officials
will be held either Friday or Saturday to decide ways to tackle the
attempts, Home Minister V.S. Acharya told reporters after a cabinet
The government has written to Kerala
authorities for information on the so-called 'Love jihad movement'
which came to public notice in that state in early September when
posters warning Hindu girls against falling prey to such a movement
The Karnataka government's decision
came a day after the state high court expressed concern over the
alleged 'Love Jihad' attempts and directed the government to probe
Justice K. Sreedhar Rao and Justice
Ravi Malimath gave the direction during hearing of a habeas corpus
petition by C. Selvaraj of Chamarajnagar district, about 180 km from
here, seeking production of his daughter Siljaraj.
Selvaraj said in his petition that his
daughter Siljaraj was missing since August last year. He came to
know that she had eloped with a Muslim youth to Kerala.
Siljaraj, who was produced in the
court by Chamarajnagar police, told the judges that she had married
Aksar of Kannur, Kerala, on her own and was undergoing religious
training after getting converted to Islam.
Rao and Malimath directed her to stay
with her parents till the police complete the investigation. The
court also said that since she was a major and if it was found to be
a bona-fide love marriage, she could go back to Aksar.
The state police are to submit their
report by Nov 13.
To support his claim for the custody
of his daughter, Selvaraj submitted copies of the Sep 29 judgment of
the Kerala High Court in similar habeas corpus petitions.
The Kerala high court had given
custody of two girls, who had gone missing in similar circumstances,
to their parents. Rao and Malimath said the issue "warranted a
thorough investigation and it also created a serious suspicion with
They asked the Karnataka police chief
to coordinate with the Kerala police in investigating the issue.
The posters against 'love jihad' in
Kerala in September were in the name of Sri Rama Sene (army of god
Ram), which had earned notoriety in Karnataka earlier this year by
bashing up girls for going to a pub in the coastal town of Mangalore
and later threatening to marry off boys and girls found celebrating