The Haryana government is set to bring in legal provisions in a bid to counter “love jihad” in the state.
This comes a day after Uttar Pradesh chief minister Yogi Adityanath said his government was working to bring a strict law to combat the alleged trend of Hindu women being drawn into relationships with Muslim men and forced to convert.
Haryana chief minister Manohar Lal Khattar made the statement during a speech in Karnal against the backdrop of the murder of Nikita Tomar in a broad daylight.
The 21-year-old student was killed by her former classmate Tauseef allegedly after she refused to convert to Islam and marry him.
Terming the girl’s killing “linked to love jihad”, Khattar said both the Centre and state were taking the issue “very seriously”.
He added: “Legal provisions are being contemplated so that the guilty don’t escape and innocents are not punished.”
On Saturday, Adityanath cited an Allahabad High Court order on religious conversion for marriage to raise “love jihad” and invoke Hindu funeral chant “Raam naam satya” to threaten “those who… play with our sisters’ respect”.
He also repeated his plans for a “Mission Shakti” to “make sure all sisters and daughters are protected”.