Hindutva activists stop inter-faith marriage in Chikkamagaluru

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By Our Correspondent Syed Ali Mujtaba, The India observer, TIO, NJ: Chikkamagaluru, September 14:  In yet another case of moral policing, Hindutva activists stopped a Hindu girl and a Muslim boy from getting their ‘interfaith’ marriage registered at the sub-registrar’s office in Chikkamagaluru, on Wednesday.

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The Muslim boy and Hindu girl, both are adults and residents of Lakshmipuram in Chikkmagaluru taluk. They were in love with each other and planned to get married through Court registration under the Special Marriage Act 1954.

The couple had arrived at the sub registrar’s office situated on Ratnagiri road in Chikkamagaluru for entering into wedlock. That’s when four members of various Hindu organizations intervened and stopped the marriage proceedings terming it a case of Love Jihad. They subsequently took the couple to the police station and demanded panel action against the interfaith couple.

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On hearing the news, members of various organizations gathered near the police station and held talks with the police. Based on the complaint filed by the Muslim youth, the Basavanahalli police have registered a case against the four persons.

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Ms. Uma Prashanth, Superintendent of Police, Chikkamagaluru, told the media that both the girl and boy were adults. A case had been registered against four persons based on the complaint filed by the boy who accused four men of obstructing his marriage and assaulting him.  The police are in search of those named in the complaint.

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 “The boy has alleged that the accused assaulted him and stopped the marriage. We are taking their statements for further investigation,” the Superintendent of Police said.

Meanwhile, speaking to the media, Mrs. Shobha, the bride’s mother said, she was not opposed to the marriage of her daughter to a Muslim boy.

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Both like each other. “I want them to come to the village after getting married. My daughter is the pillar of my house. I wish good for my daughter and not bothered about others,” she said.

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Syed Ali Mujtaba

Syed Ali Mujtaba

Syed Ali Mujtaba is a Sr.Journalist, Author based in Chennai, India. Writes frequently for the USA based News Portal, TheIndiaObserver. He is author of the book Soundings on South Asia, New Dawn Press (2005). He can be reached at syedalimujtaba2007@gmail.com or TIO, at Mediaiss@Gmail.com

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