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: firstname.lastname@example.org