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BJP Leader, Activists Disrupt Hindu-Muslim Wedding Celebration in Ghaziabad

A large mob consisting of men from various Hindutva outfits created a ruckus outside the bride’s home, clashed with police.

Representative image. Credit: PTI

New Delhi: Bharatiya Janata Party and Bajrang Dal workers on Friday clashed with the police in Ghaziabad over the marriage of a Muslim boy and a Hindu girl which they claimed was an act of ‘love jihad‘.

Thirty-year-old Mansoor Harhat Khan, an MBA, married 28-year-old Nupur Singhal, a doctor at a Ghaziabad court under the Special Marriage Act and held a reception at the girl’s house at Raj Nagar in Ghaziabad. By afternoon, a massive group consisting of various Hindutva outfits, led by BJP Ghaziabad city president Ajay Sharma, created a ruckus outside the woman’s home. They staged a sit-in protest outside the house and disrupted traffic.

‘Love jihad’ is a term coined by Hindutva groups to project inter-religious romance or marriage between consenting adults as an “attack” on “Hindus”.

The police first tried to pacify the protesters, asking them to move out of the area, but when they refused to relent, the police lathi-charged them.

The police even tried to organise a dialogue between the Bajrang Dal members and the family, but the protesters refused to budge. The family too was not interested in any such dialogue, insisting that the marriage was their private business.

Pushpendra Kumar, the father of the bride, told IANS, “I had been receiving phone calls for last two days to stop this marriage. But both are major and mature enough to know what’s wrong and what’s right.”

“They have decided to live together, so they have registered their marriage under the Special Marriage Act in Ghaziabad. We had arranged a reception party today (Friday). I don’t see any love-jihad in their marriage,” Kumar said

The BJP’s Sharma told the Times of Indiathat the families had not taken “permission” to hold the marriage and it was a case of forced conversion.

Bajrang Dal Meerut province convenor Balraj Dungar told the Times of India, “We will not tolerate this at any cost. We will see how long they hide behind the police”.

“I was expecting something of this sort and was well prepared. It does not matter what people think. It was our decision,” the bride told the Times of India.

The police said they used mild force to disperse the crowd. “How can the police allow people to barge into someone’s house? We got a distress call and we performed our duty,” said SSP H.N. Singh.

The family has filed a complaint at Kavi Nagar police station and an FIR is expected to be filed soon.

(With IANS inputs)

  • Anjan Basu

    Good to know that the police thought they were doing the right thing. The saffron goons must have felt emboldened because they thought they could count on help from the Adityanath govt. For a change, the govt did not come to their rescue.

  • Amitabha Basu

    Perhaps this may encourage parents to stand up and defend their children’s choices of life partners, irrespective of caste or religious differences. But will the police and administration stand with such families and marriage partners, as they did in this case ? More often than not, they side with the Sanghi hoodlums. That is the sad reality.

  • Anjan Basu

    What an extraordinary question to ask: ‘…what kind of love is it that forces you to change your religion …..?’ So, only safe, same-religion ( preferably Hindu-Hindu, perhaps also same-caste), sanitised relationships alone can count for love, is it? Bigotry comes in different shapes and colours. But the most atrocious brand of bigotry we see in India today invariably carries a deep saffron hue. — I know I will be dumped as pseudo-secular for saying this. Never mind, I will still call bigots bigots.