Law on "Love Jihad": Deemed to be a special Marriage Act by the Supreme Court

Immediately after the Chief Minister of the state of Uttar Pradesh, Mr. Yogi Adityanath announced his intention of "refining" the society with the implementation of the "love jihad" law, his counterpart from Haryana is now following his footsteps. Mr. Adityanath further claimed this law to be "effective" in cases of marriage to a Muslim man and subsequent involvement of change of religion. This law would eventually target the interfaith relationship.

The chief minister of Haryana, Manohar Lal Khattar announced of following the deeds of the aforementioned Chief Minister of the neighboring state. He remarked of contemplating legislation in order to combat the supposed malpractice of Hindu women being dragged into a relationship with Muslim men and being forced to convert as a result.

Such discussion spurred in these hinterlands with reference to the murder of a twenty-one-year-old woman, a student by profession by her stalker for refusing to marry her. The victim, Ankita Tomar was shot at point-blank in front of her college on October 26 and the deed was allegedly committed by her stalker Tausef. The latter reportedly belongs to an influential family in Meerut, with strong political connections. The story further goes on as to how he had abducted the victim a couple of years back, tried to coerce her into changing her religious belief, and eventually marrying her. A special investigation team has been set up by the Haryana Government to probe into the incidents that culminated in such an act.

In this regard, Chief Minister Khattar has rebuked such a shameful act, which has mainly branched out from the case of 'love jihad' and therefore requires immediate attention. He further assured how the Central, as well as the State Governments, are working on the improvement and implementation of such laws in order to prevent the recurrence of such acts in the near future, in a way that the innocents are escaped from bearing the brunt of this issue.

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