Love Jihad: When she refused to change religion, Husband Shibu Khan left wife, arrested

There is no hiding from the fact that some extremist youth from Muslim community are involved in the heinous practice of Love Jihad, an alleged effort made by them only to target beautiful and rich women belonging to non-Muslim communities for religious conversion to Islam by ‘fake love’.

They understand girls’ behaviour and study them completely before utilising emotional appeals by using charm to attract girls into conversion by simulating love. Some Mosques in India are allegedly providing training and fund to handsome boys for the cause.

This infamous concept first came to light in India in the year 2009 with alleged conversions in Kerala and Karnataka. Slowly, it started to spread across all states of the country.

Another case of love jihad has emerged from Prayagraj, Uttar Pradesh wherein a Muslim young man trapped a woman in #LoveJihad and married her. The woman alleged that the accused, identified as Shibu Khan, forced her to convert to Islam after marriage.

Shibu Khan is a resident of ADA Colony of Naini police station area. He got married to the woman in court in November 2019. On August 24, Police registered a case against accused Shibu Khan on the complaint of the woman. The woman alleged that Shibu first trapped her under the pretext of love and got married to her and then started pressuring her to change religion. The accused left the woman when she refused to convert to Islam.

After the complaint, police started investigation into the case. During the course of the investigation, Police found all allegations correct levelled against Shibu Khan and after which he was arrested.

The Uttar Pradesh government has passed a bill against ‘Love Jihad‘. The Unlawful Conversion bill has provisions that can land offenders in jail for upto five years. Uttar Pradesh is the first state in the country to bring in such a law.

Dharam Sikarwar
Writer, historian, and activist Dharam Sikarwar is a very active author The Youth. He writes on national and international issues, environment, politics. He is an avid book reader as well.