The Hindu

Inter-faith couple face ‘threat’, seeks security

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A 22-year-old woman from Kanpur has sought security following an alleged threat to her life for marrying a person belonging to the Muslim community.

The parents of the woman, Shalini Yadav, had lodged a police case against Mohammad Faisal and his family on the charge of kidnapping her and forcibly getting her converted, the woman and the police said.

In an undated video circulated on social media, a woman, who identifies herself as Ms. Yadav, rejects all allegation­s of forced conversion and claims she married Mr. Faisal and converted to his religion by her own free will.

The police said they would take further action after probing the authentici­ty of the video, which could not be independen­tly verified.

In the video, the woman says she eloped with Mr. Faisal, a friend of six years, on June 29 under the pretext of appearing for a college examinatio­n. Mr. Faisal is seen in the video next to her.

The woman claims she went to Lucknow and they got married in a court in Ghaziabad on July 2. Later, her family members tried to persuade her to return home and made it clear to her that her act would not be acceptable to them. She alleges that her father went to Mr. Faisal’s house and threatened his family, saying they wanted her back “dead or alive”.

“I am under threat where I am staying at present. I don’t know what will happen to me tomorrow. I want your help, please get us security”, she states.

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