The myth of love jihad, a ploy by the BJP to polarise society for electoral gains – By T.K. Rajalakshmi
The decision by at least five Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP)-governed States to enact a law making religious conversion for marriage, or “love jehad” in their world view, illegal is a frontal attack on one of the most fundamental rights: the right to marry a person of one’s choice.
…. The “love jehad” lobby assumes that women clearly lack agency, autonomy and the right to select their partner or religion. Even though the law runs counter to the constitutional guarantees and rights upheld by the Supreme Court several times, the upper echelons of the government have maintained radio silence….
Apart from being conservative, paternalistic and patriarchal in approach and content, the laws are meant to target the minorities, more specifically Muslims….