Amid a raging controversy over love jihad, a 21-year-old man from Uttar Pradesh’s Bareilly has become the first person to be booked under the new law passed by the UP government against unlawful conversion.
Owais Ahmad was arrested on Wednesday, 3 December, for allegedly pressuring a Hindu woman to convert to Islam, reported The Indian Express. According to the report, Ahmad also threatened the girl’s parents, after they raised objections over the alleged forceful conversion.
According to a statement issued by the Bareilly police, Ahmad was absconding for the past few days and the police were conducting raids since 28 November – just a day after the UP cabinet passed the ordinance.
In its statement, the police said that an FIR was registered against Ahmad under Indian Penal Code (IPC) sections 504 for insulting a person and 506 for criminal intimidation as well as Section 3/5 of the Uttar Pradesh Prohibition of Unlawful Conversion of Religion Ordinance, 2020.
The FIR was lodged on the complaint of one Tikaram Rathore, a resident of Sharifnagar village, reported The Hindu.
According to the complainant, the accused abused and threatened the girl’s family with dire consequences if they opposed his move to convert the woman.
The complainant also stated that the accused and the woman belong to the same village and the incident has disturbed the communal harmony as well, reported Hindustan Times.
Superintendent of Police (Rural) Bareilly Sansar Singh said a case of kidnapping had been lodged against the accused earlier, The Hindu reported.
2nd Case of “Love Jihad” Filed in UP
Yet another case has been lodged in UP’s Bareilly under the new “love jihad” law.
According to the Hindustan Times report, an FIR was filed on Monday, 30 November against a man identified as Tahir Hussain and his brothers, Sagir and Munna under the Uttar Pradesh Prohibition of Unlawful Conversion of Religion Ordinance.
According to the FIR, the accused Tahir Hussain is in a relationship with the woman of Hindu religion.
The couple got married in a temple and later started living together. When the woman was impregnated in November, she had urged Hussain to get their marriage registered in a court, but Hussain and his brother assaulted her on 20 November, resulting in an abortion.
The FIR was registered in Izzat Nagar police station and the investigation is underway, reported Hindustan Times.
(With inputs from Indian Express, Hindu, HT)
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