Love Jihad is an imaginary construction by Sangh Parivar organisations, says Geevarghese Mor Coorilos, the Metropolitan of Niranam Diocese of Malankara Jacobite Syriac Orthodox Church.
He also urged that the religious minorities shouldn’t fall into such false propaganda.
Christian groups can’t get on with Sangh Parivar, he said to Malayalam news channel MediaOne TV.
“It is a fact that the religious minorities are attacked at the national and regional levels. Ahead of election, attempts are being made at communal division of society. This is a danger to Secular Kerala. At a time when the oppressed minorities should stand together, these attempts at dividing them should be recognised,” said the Christian cleric.
Coorilos also said that the ‘Love Jihad’ is a weapon utilised for the communal divide.
He went on to say: “It is condemnable that the Left Front has a compromising position towards these false propagandas most of the time.”
Coorilos’s remarks came after a day, Jose K Mani, chairman of Kerala Congress (M) which is a largest Christian party in the state and Left Democratic Front (LDF) ally, said that the alleged ‘Love Jihad’ cases in Kerala should be probed and addressed.
Earlier the Metropolitian’s Facebook post was widely perceived as a thinly veiled criticism of the Communist Party of India (Marxist) [CPI(M)] bid to ‘demonise’ the Indian Union Muslim League (IUML), the largest Muslim political organisation in Kerala.
He said progressive forces should not play the religious card to win votes. Attempts to depict a Christian-Muslim divide in Kerala would harm the State’s secular fabric. The IUML had upheld secular values in the face of extremely volatile political situations, he said.
‘Love jihad’ is a term used by the Hindu nationalist groups to describe an alleged phenomenon where Muslim men lure Hindu women, by hook or by crook, into marrying them and converting to Islam. Hindu group’s propagandists claim that this is an organised racket rooted in a widespread conspiracy. However, successive probes have failed to find any evidence that such a conspiracy exists and the even central government has admitted that the term has no credible definition. Hundreds of Muslim youths are still in jail under the cases of “Love Jihad” in saffron party ruled states.