A delegation of the Hindu Jagran Manch met Jharkhand Governor Droupadi Murmu in support of its demand for a law against the so-called love jihad, including forced religious conversion of Hindu girls and women through marriage and other means.
Love jihad victim and national shooter Tara Shahdeo was a part of the delegation led by Hindu Jagran Manch president Rishi Shahdeo. Rishi Shahdeo claimed that at least 300 cases of love jihad have surfaced in the region in the last few years. After Tara Shahdeo's case in 2014, and the more recent Nikita case, the necessity for a law against love jihad was being felt in Jharkhand, he said.
Tara Shahdeo recounted how she became a victim of love jihad and how other girls are also being targeted. She said the guy with whom she fell in love hid his real identity, and pressure was mounted on her to convert after their marriage.
Jharkhand High Court advocate Rajeev Kumar said many tribal girls and women in the state who come from poor economic backgrounds are vulnerable to love jihad. "There should be a provision in law that the marriage registrar should seek permission from the parents of those who apply for inter-faith marriages. District authorities should also verify details and claims. A law on this can help a lot," he said.