Four years ago in Pratapgarh, Uttar Pradesh, a married Muslim man named Azhar zoomed in on a Hindu girl for grooming Jihad and started operating under the alias Ankit Mishra. Using a fake Facebook identity under the newly acquired Hindu name, he developed a relationship with her and soon started sexually exploiting her on the promise of marriage. All the while unknown to the lady Azhar started recording their intimate moments
The whole ordeal began in 2017 with promises of marriage when she was an ITI student and ended recently when she came to know that he was already married. It came to light on May 14th when refusing to be persuaded anymore, she asked for marriage and he informed her that he was previously wedded. By then he had managed to extract Rs. 3 lakh 86 thousand from her as well.
When she confronted his family, Azhar, his brother Waqar and their father threatened her that they would upload the compromising videos that Azhar had clandestinely recorded earlier. The victim, a resident of Kotwali Nagar, approached the police who have registered a case and are ‘investigating the matter’.
How to stop?
Such growing cases should be a cause of worry for every right-thinking citizen. As there is no attempt to convert the Hindu woman, this case won’t fall under the tough Uttar Pradesh Prohibition of Unlawful Conversion of Religion ordinance.
Criminal-minded and religiously indoctrinated Muslim perpetrator knows how simple it is to create a fake profile to groom and exploit unsuspecting Hindu girls, who are also conditioned by mass media to consider pre-marital sex and live-in relations as a sign of ‘modernity’ and ‘individual liberty’. At worst, the Muslim perp will get slapped with a charge for rape on promise of marriage, something which they can easily shrug off with support of their families, community and liberal activists. Proving their impersonation on social media is also tough, given the uncooperative attitude of Big Tech companies like Facebook, Twitter etc. towards Bharat’s laws.
Ideally, crimes like these which are exploding all over the place should be punished so severely that it crates a significant deterrent to future crimes. Muslims found impersonating Hindus should be hit with such heavy fines and jail time, and even capital punishment in egregious cases, that it sends a message across the entire community. Even though our courts have shown a tendency to go lax on Muslim criminals, a strict new law to dis-incentivize such identity fraud and fake profiles is much needed.
But the problem of curbing such fake profiles on social media still remains. One method could be to make all profiles on social media submit identity cards and do Aadhar verification. A separate category could be provided for anonymous accounts which would be tagged as such to other users, and these would be prevented from keeping individual-sounding names or posting personal pictures. Privacy and liberalism activists would be up in arms, as they are even over the anodyne new IT rules, but the safety and security of our children and girls is paramount.
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