Interfaith marriage stopped, woman forced to leave court

Lucknow, July 30 (KMS):  An interfaith wedding was stopped, by activists of Karni Sena, at a court in Ballia district of Lucknow by labelling it a case of “forced conversion and love jihad”, the police said.

The workers of the Hindutva outfit then forced the woman to go to Kotwali Police Station, where police officers intervened and handed over the 18-year-old woman to her parents, until she gives a statement in court.

Ballia’s Superintendent of Police, Vipin Tada, said, “We have lodged a case on a complaint from her father that his daughter had been kidnapped. We will present her in a court soon, where she will record her statement. Further action will be taken based on her statement, as the woman is an adult.”

Tada also said, “Some people alleged that illegal conversion was taking place but nothing of that sort was found. Some people had brought her to the local police station, levelling allegations of conversion.”

A video shared on social media shows the woman being heckled by some men, belonging to the Karni Sena, while she clearly says that she is getting married — to one Dilshad Siddiqui, 24 — willingly. In the video, a man, who identifies himself as a Karni Sena worker, is heard asking the woman: “What is your name… What caste are you from? Which caste does the boy belong to? Is he Muslim? Why are you getting married to him?”

To this, the woman apparently said that she comes from a Dalit community, is an adult, and is willingly getting married to the man.

According to the video, Siddiqui, who comes from Padri village under Ubhaon police station limits, was also questioned and threatened.

In another video, which appears to have been shot subsequently at the police station, a group of people are heard talking to the woman. “How can you do this to your parents who raised you, gave you an education.”

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