NDA partner JD(U) passes resolution against “love jihad” laws by BJP states

Janata Dal (United) passed a resolution against the anti-conversion laws that have been passed by BJP governments in states on Sunday, The Print reported.

“The laws create social hatred and division within society. It is in our Constitution that any adult male and female can marry with consent provided that there is no deception.The party is against laws being passed on the issue,” said JD(U) spokesperson K.C. Tyagi told reporters after party’s national executive in Patna.

“The socialists have upheld the right of adults to marry irrespective of caste and creed,” he added.

According to The Print report, the resolution was read out by Nitish Kumar and it was passed unanimously.

On Saturday, the Madhya Pradesh government has approved a bill to prevent “forceful” religious conversions, the legislation critics say is aimed at Muslim men, came almost a month after the similar law was passed by Uttar Pradesh. Both states are governed by BJP.

The controversial anti-conversion legislations are being referred to as “love jihad” laws, a term used by the Hindu right wing to refer to an unproven conspiracy that Muslims are luring Hindu brides with the aim of converting them to Islam.

Earlier, successive probes have failed to find any evidence that such a conspiracy exists and the central government has admitted that the term has no credible definition.

However, more than 35 Muslim men have been arrested – for which police need no warrant – in Uttar Pradesh in just a few weeks.

Though the term ‘love jihad’ has not been used in the legislations, Uttar Pradesh chief minister Yogi Adityanath and other BJP leaders and saffron groups have extensively used the term ‘love jihad’ to target Muslims, falsely accusing Muslim men of engaging in a mass conspiracy to turn Hindu women away from their religion by loving them.

Earlier, during a rally in Jaunpur, an alert for love jihad was given by Yogi Adityanath. He said, “I warn those who conceal identity and play with our sisters’ respect. If you don’t mend your ways your ‘Ram naam satya’ (chant related with Hindu funerals) journey will begin.”