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“Centre Looking For Laws On Love Jihad”: Haryana CM Khattar

CM Khattar said this while referring to a 21-year-old woman who was shot dead in broad daylight in Haryana’s Faridabad on October 26. 

Haryana Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar said Sunday that the centre is looking for ways to check “love jihad” cases, a day after his Uttar Pradesh counterpart, Yogi Adityanath, issued an indirect threat to “those who… play with our sisters’ respect”. The Haryana CM said his state was also considering “legal provisions” but would ensure that no innocent person is punished.

“Since the Ballabhgarh case is being linked with “love jihad”, the centre, as well as state government, is looking into it, and considering legal provisions so the guilty cannot escape and no innocent person is punished,” said ML Khattar.

CM Khattar said this while referring to a 21-year-old woman who was shot dead in broad daylight in Haryana’s Faridabad on October 26, by a man who first tried to shove her into his car. Two attackers – Touseef and Rehan – have since been arrested, police have said.

The comments came from Haryana CM shortly after the state’s Home Minister Anil Vij, told news agency ANI: “This “love jihad”… it is necessary to cure it, so we can save young girls. If we have to pass a law to do this or do something else, we will.”

He also tweeted that a law against “love jihad” is being considered by the state government.

Earlier on Saturday, UP CM Yogi Adityanath cited an Allahabad High Court order on religious conversion for marriage to raise “love jihad” and invoke “Ram naam satya” – a reference to a Hindu funeral chant seen by many as a warning of violence – to threaten “those who… play with our sisters’ respect”, NDTV reported.

“The government will work to curb “love jihad”. We will make a law… if you don’t mend your ways, ‘Ram naam satya’ (the chant associated with Hindu funerals) journey will begin,” said Adityanath at an election rally for by-polls to eight seats in Jaunpur district.

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