This map from shows Muslim regions in the northwest in green mixing with Hindu regions stretching across most of the region into Buddhist Burma. Religious conversion through emotional appeal[ edit ] The Oxford Handbook of Religious Conversion notes that the effectiveness of emotional appeals in converting people from one faith to another is well known and often exploited by religious leaders. The creation of two countries with different majority religions led to large-scale migration, with millions of people moving between the countries and rampant reports of sexual predation and forced conversions of women by men of both faiths.
Through the s and s, India witnessed a rise in love marriages , although tensions continue around interfaith marriages, along with other traditionally discouraged unions. While Muslim women are only permitted within the contract to marry Muslim men, Muslim men may marry " People of the Book ", interpreted by most to include Jews and Christians , with the inclusion of Hindus disputed.
According to the Kerala Catholic Bishops Council, by October up to 4, girls in Kerala had been targeted, whereas Hindu Janajagruti Samiti claimed that 30, girls had been converted in Karnataka alone. Sree Narayana Dharma Paripalana general secretary Vellapally Natesan said that there had been reports in Narayaneeya communities of "Love Jihad" attempts.
Furthermore, these reports stated that these girls were being exploited by their husbands, some of whom afterwards abandoned them in Pakistan. According to the Takht jathedar, "The Sikh council has rescued some of the victims girls and brought them back to their parents. However, he stated that there was no evidence for any of them being forced conversions, and that fears of Love Jihad were "baseless. Her husband was later arrested. Her husband was later arrested for kidnapping and compelling the minor for marriage.
Christian groups, such as the Christian Association for Social Action , and the Vishva Hindu Parishad VHP banded against it, with the VHP establishing the Hindu Helpline that it indicates answered 1, calls in three months related to "Love Jihad". Achuthanandan referenced the alleged matrimonial conversion of non-Muslim girls as part of an effort to make Kerala a Muslim majority state. Yogish Bhat and House Leader S.
Suresh Kumar supporting governmental intervention, while Congress members B. Ramanath Rai and Abhay Chandra Jain argued that "the issue was being raised to disrupt communal harmony in the district. She said that she had given a wrong statement previously as she was threatened by her parents. As policemen watched, the year-old Bandra resident begged, "Maaf karo". Her dying declaration described her plight-"They were angry because being a Hindu I had married a Muslim.
Only her home was ransacked repeatedly by neighbours who were looking for her husband. They kept taunting her, "Why did you marry him? Couldn't you find a Hindu boy? Interviews with women of all ages who've married Muslims show little has changed over the years. In , the year free India saw its first major Hindu-Muslim riots, a hesitant Neema decided to marry the Muslim man she had been in love with through school and college after her uncles, rich Sindhi businessmen, threatened to get the Jan Sangh to attack him.
In , a determined Mukta rushed back from her native village where she had been packed off, to tell the police that she wanted to marry Iqbal, who lived in the neighbouring chawl. He had spent the night in the Colaba lock-up after her elder brother had filed a complaint. In , when the city was still raw from the riots, Padma had to stand and watch as a local inspector warned her boyfriend that next time he got a complaint from her college principal about his hanging around the college he would break his legs.
What was a nice Hindu girl like her doing with a Muslim, the inspector asked Padma, leering at her bare legs. Did she think this miya would allow her to display them if they got married? Conscious of his duty as a Hindu, he even called up her family to inform them what their girl was up to. Padma went ahead and married Abbas regardless, only to be threatened by her own aunt from Delhi, who couldn't take the sight of her niece in a burqah.
I'll see to it that they come for you," she warned. Last year, the mysterious death of Rizwanur Rehman in Kolkata, the computer graphics teacher who was married to an industrialist's daughter, shocked the nation. But long before that Kolkata's top police officers proved that they were no different from Mumbai's communalised force. Marxists have always known that their ideology did not prevent their own comrades from having strong communal prejudices. Sometime in the 70s, left activists Bhairavi and Bilal fell in love in Baroda.
Bhairavi could handle her parents' hysterical fear that their Patel clan wouldn't leave their daughter alive. What shattered her was the reaction of their comrades, who thought the two were going "too far".
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