11 cases of ‘love jihad’ were reported in the past one month from the same district The SIT will also investigate if any organisation has a role in funding the ‘love jihad’ racket
THE Kanpur Police has set up an eight-member Special Investigation Team (SIT) to probe allegations into several cases of forced conversion on the pretext of marriage. The decision was taken after about 11 cases of ‘love jihad’ were reported in the past one month from the same district and Hindu organisations met IG Kanpur Mohit Agarwal demanding probe into the matter.
The issue surfaced after a Kanpur woman, Shalini Yadav, married a Muslim man, Faisal, in July. The girl’s family alleged love jihad though the couple approached a Delhi court, denying allegations of forced conversion. Shalini even uploaded a video on the social media, claiming that she had married and converted out of her own free will. The SIT led by Deepak Bhuker, Superintendent of Police, Kanpur (South), has been told to look into any fixed pattern or modus operandi behind the alleged incidents, the official said. Interestingly, most of the cases of alleged love jihad are being reported from Juhi area.
The SIT will investigate if any organisation has a role in funding the ‘love jihad’ racket in Kanpur, an official said. “There is a strong possibility that some Islamic outfits may be providing financial assistance to a handful of organisations involved in such anti-national acts,” the official claimed. Police are looking into the conspiracy angle to ascertain if youths involved in this are being funded from abroad.