Intriguing case of Love Jihad

Kerala: The much talked about Supreme Court hearing in sensational Kerala “love jihad” case witnessed an interesting moment yesterday when a senior advocate appearing for the “husband” said two senior Muslim functionaries of the BJP were married to Hindu woman and sought to know if the judges would order NIA probe into those marriages too?

It is worthwhile mentioning that the youth had moved SC with the help of his lawyer Haris Beeran, challenging HC order that quashed the marriage on a plea by her father. Urging the bench headed by Chief Justice Dipak Misra to withdraw the direction for a NIA probe, Dushyant Dave, senior advocate for Jahan, said the order “struck at the very foundation of a multi-religious society and sent wrong signal world over”.

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Additional solicitor general Tushar Mehta who appeared for the Centre however said a NIA probe was required to ascertain if it was just a one-off case or a pattern of conversion was emerging.

“Have you heard about the Blue Whale Challenge? Nowadays you can persuade people to do anything. What to talk about children, even adult minds are being manipulated. We want inputs from all sides before we take a final decision,” then Chief Justice JS Khehar said.

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