BHOPAL: After Haryana and Uttar Pradesh, the Madhya Pradesh government is also mulling strict law against `love jihad’, a slur politically used by right wing activists to refer to the alleged campaign of Muslims forcing Hindu girls to covert in the guise of love. Chief minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan said on Monday that his government is considering to prepare a legal format to curb love jihad in the state.
“There will be no jihad (struggle) in the name of love and if anybody dares, then action will be taken. We are making legal arrangements to control this,” Chouhan told reporters at the BJP‘s state headquarter a day ahead of voting for 28 seats in Madhya Pradesh by-polls.
Replying to a question on increasing cases, the chief minister said that his government will not allow fanaticism. “We will not tolerate any jihad in the name of love. We will also keep an eye around. Spreading fanaticism, jihad in the name of love and other activities will not be allowed at all in Madhya Pradesh. Whoever does so will have to face the consequences,” said Chouhan.
Earlier in the day, the chief minister told a television channel that Madhya Pradesh government will not allow any activity in the name of love jihad and will make legal provisions to curb such activities. On BJP ruled states like Haryana and Uttar Pradesh, who are mulling effective law against love jihad, Chouhan said, “They are also considering now, we will also consider and give it a legal form.”
The chief minister also said that strict action would be taken against those holding anti-France protest in Madhya Pradesh violating prohibitory norms. “No demonstration in the name of religious protest will be allowed. We have taken action and I am warning that if anybody tries to create disturbance in Madhya Pradesh, the island of peace, then it will be not tolerated,” said Chouhan.
The chief minister was replying to a query on the protest staged by Congress MLA Arif Masood and his supporters at Bhopal’s Iqbal Maidan on October 30 against French President Emmanuel Macron over the row triggered by cartoons on Prophet Mohammed. Police said Masood violated prohibitory orders amid Covid-19 restrictions and by-polls in the state. He was arrested by the police along with 49 others and later released on bail.
Chief minister Chouhan had reacted sharply to the protest and said that Madhya Pradesh is an island of peace. “We will deal with those who disturb its peace with strictness. In this case, action is being taken by registering a case under section 188 of the IPC. No culprit will be spared, whoever it is,” Chouhan had tweeted on October 30.
The BJP has also objected to the protest held by Congress MLA and said that there is no justification for terrorism for any reason. “Arrest of Congress MLA Arif Masood, who is poisoning the religious sentiments, is not enough. He should be dismissed from the membership of the Assembly and charged with treason. People like Munawar Rana should also be boycotted. After all, why should the country tolerate the advocates of global fundamentalism and terrorism?” said former BJP minister Jaibhan Singh Pawaiya, on Monday.