Woman's Era - - Editorial -

Great Urdu poet Mirza Asadul­lah Khan ‘ Ghalib’ said, Ishq pe jor nahin, yeh hai woh atish ‘Ghalib’, jo la­gaye na lage aur bu­jhaye na bu­jhe ( Love is ir­re­press­ible, it is that in­tense fire that can­not be burnt nor ex­tin­guished by any one). He would not have thought that one day the same love would be­come a po­lit­i­cal tool to hu­mil­i­ate op­po­nents.

The term ‘ Love Ji­had’ might have been coined by some Hin­dutva en­thu­si­asts for re­li­gious con­ver­sions of Hindu girls Is­lam, but Ker­ala po­lice have now fi­nally en­dorsed it. In a re­cent re­port, ‘Re­li­gious Con­ver­sions in Ker­ala’ submitted by Ker­ala po­lice, it is said that over 75 per cent cases of con­ver­sion to Is­lam dur­ing the last two years, love was the de­cid­ing fac­tor.

The in­ves­ti­ga­tion re­port, com­piled by a spe­cial in­tel­li­gence wing of the state po­lice, puts the rea­son for 105 out of 135 such con­ver­sions in 2016-17 to be love. The other big rea­sons cited in the re­port are bro­ken fam­ily, dis­turbed mind, in­flu­ence of Is­lamic ide­ol­ogy and poverty in that or­der. And only a small frac­tion of peo­ple were coverted due to deep in­ter­est and be­lief in Mus­lim reli­gion.

The re­port was pre­pared fol­low­ing large- scale com­plaints of force­ful con­ver­sions in Ker­ala and in the wake of widely cir­cu­lated in­for­ma­tion com­ing from var­i­ous state and Cen­tral agen­cies about cou­ples, many of them con­verted from Hin­duism and Chris­tian­ity, re­port­edly leav­ing for Syria to join the Is­lamic State.

Ker­ala is presently ruled by CPI(M), which does not take reli­gion se­ri­ously and vouches for re­li­gious lib­erty for all. Even for its al­ter­nate, the Congress- led UDF reli­gion is a se­condary mat­ter. The po­lice re­port gives them an opportunity to pooh-pooh the al­le­ga­tion of love ji­had in the state on the ground that love is en­tirely emo­tional and per­sonal af­fair and ev­ery in­di­vid­ual has lib­erty to fall in love with any­body of his or her choice. At the same time, Hindu en­thu­si­asts find a rea­son to blame the state gov­ern­ment for not stop­ping, and even en­cour­ag­ing, love ji­had. This, ac­cord­ing to them, will put Hin­duism in peril.

The re­port thus cre­ates a win- win sit­u­a­tion for all par­ties in­volved in some way on the is­sue of love ji­had. write to: ed­i­tor@wom­ansera.com

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