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National-level TT player enmeshed in ‘love jihad’ now in Kanpur

Arisebharat does not agree with the phrases like much-hyped while referring to “Love Jihad”. We are however reproducing the article as it is from http://www.dnaindia.com/india/report-national-level-tt-player-enmeshed-in-love-jihad-now-in-kanpur-2015190

Close on the heels of the Tara Shahdeo conversion case of Ranchi, another such episode of the much-hyped “love jihad” variety has been played out in Kanpur. While Tara is a national level shooter, the girl in the latest case, allegedly forcibly converted and bound in a farcical ‘nikah’ besides having been sexually abused, is a national level table tennis player. Neetu (name changed), a minor, is also a state level Taekwondoist.

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The Muslim boy Waseem, who had allegedly posed as a Hindu named Raja to court the 17-year-old girl, has been arrested. But the incident has once again exposed the overpowering callous attitude which is now a hallmark of the UP Police.

According to the girl’s statement before a magistrate, Waseem and his sister using a false alias (Rani) had lured her to their house where she was taken hostage on August 16. She was then forcibly converted and given a Muslim name. Two days later (i.e. on August 18) she was forced into a ‘nikah’ with Waseem who took her to an unknown place where he sexually abused her despite her resistance. The same day, she managed to call her father, an auto driver, from Waseem’s mobile and told him about her plight. The father immediately went to the Babupurwa police and even gave them the mobile number.

But the police did absolutely nothing despite the parents’ repeated cries for help for eight long days. It was only on August 26, when the father met Kanpur DIG RK Chaturvedi who geared up things in the language which the police understand, that the girl was recovered within a record 30 minutes!

“I had to give up my auto driving. All day long, we used to just sit outside the Babupurwa police station hoping someone would listen to us and help us recover our little girl. We even cried before the police officers and constables. But no one helped us,” Neetu’s father told reporters between wails of agony. “How did they recover her in half-an-hour when the DIG pulled them up? They had his mobile number and could have easily traced him on August 18 itself,” he asked angrily.

Neetu said in her statement that Waseem, a bus conductor, had befriended him as Raja during an NCC tour about six months ago. He had taken her mobile number and kept in touch after they returned. “It was only when he and his sister took me to their home on August 16 that I got to know they were Muslim. But, the entire family ganged up and made me a captive in their house,” Neetu told reporters.

Babupurwa SO Ajay Varma said initially the case against Waseem had been registered as one of inducing a minor for elopement. “After we came to know of the true story, stringent IPC sections for rape and illegal confinement have also been added,” he said. Asked whether it was a case of “love jihad”, he said a junior officer was inquiring into it. “We are yet to get papers relating to her conversion, rechristening and ‘nikah’,” he added.

Source: http://www.dnaindia.com/india/report-national-level-tt-player-enmeshed-in-love-jihad-now-in-kanpur-2015190

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Uniform civil code a must says Muslim Satyashodhak Mandal

Uniform civil code a must for society, says Syed Bhai of the Muslim Satyashodhak Mandal

With a change of government at the Centre, progressive Muslim organisations are hoping that regressive, anti-women laws will be replaced with those based on gender parity. Syed Bhai of the Muslim Satyashodhak Mandal, which has worked for eradicating social evils like oral, one-sided talaq, nikah halala (wherein a woman divorced by her husband has to marry another man and consummate the marriage before she is divorced by him and can return to her first husband) and fundamentalism, said they were planning to meet prime minister Narendra Modi with like-minded organisations to petition him on legal reform. Syed Bhai spoke to dna’s Dhaval Kulkarni about his expectations from the meeting.

What are your expectations from the Centre regarding change in Muslim personal laws?
​We hope that laws which are biased against women are changed and measures taken to curb Hindu- Muslim riots. If the government wants, it can stop riots. A community can think and be enlightened only if it is in peace. We are planning to meet prime minister Narendra Modi and are looking at roping in progressive organisations from states across India.

What is your wish list?
Oral talaq and polygamy must go. Laws must be amended to allow Muslims to adopt children. Women must be given their rights and the disproportionate share of rights given to men must be reduced. Polygamy must be legally stopped. (Otherwise) If men have the right to marry four times, will women be allowed to marry four men similarly? We are planning to meet the president, prime minister, law and judiciary minister and Muslim MPs though things will be finalised after discussions with like-minded organisations. This is out of a sense of social responsibility. We have also met Rajiv Gandhi, Zail Singh and previous law ministers in the past. Like a uniform criminal code, we need a uniform civil code. Till this does not happen, we must persist.

But Muslim organisations oppose the demand for a uniform civil code on grounds that it interferes with religious practices.
Amendments in the laws and religious practices are two different poles. Today, the prevalent law does not ensure justice for women. However, opponents of these reforms claim that there is no need to touch these laws as women already have enough protection. Criminal laws which were based on the principle of Shariat were changed by the British and the All India Muslim Personal Law Board is protecting the very few provisions of Shariat that remain today. For instance, earlier, Muslims could keep a slave and thieves could get their hands cut off. A Muslim had to be tried by a Muslim judge only and a Hindu by a Hindu judge. However, the British changed this and brought in common criminal laws like the Indian Penal Code and the Criminal Procedure Code.

How will reservations to Muslims as announced by the state government help the community?
This is a political announcement. This will have no impact. Why doesn’t it ban one-sided talaq and polygamy and ensure justice for women? This will be a step towards the uniform civil code. But, this has not been done.

The Supreme Court recently ruled that the Shariat courts have no legal authority and their fatwas cannot be enforced. Your comments.
Fatwas are not law. They are the opinions of a religious authority. The Indian Constitution is supreme and more important than all. There are Islamic principles which say that Muslims must not give or take interest but there are Muslims in the banking system. Already, a 90-98% uniform civil code exists. Many Hindu laws have also changed over a period of time. For instance. Hindus who crossed the seas earlier were excommunicated and eating bread led to conversion to Christianity. These things are not followed today.

Source- DNA