In a heart-wrenching video testimony, recorded and posted by journalist Chiru Bhat, Love Jihad survivor Apoorva Puranik has asked Hindu girls not to marry Muslim men because our sanskars (traditions) are different from theirs while saying that she was a victim of an alleged Love Jihad.
Apoorva was brutally attacked by her husband Mohammad Ijaz after she left him. She is currently recovering in a local hospital in Karnataka’s Gadag after her husband Mohammad Ijaz stabbed her 23 times with a machete because she defied him.
She is heard speaking in Kannada where she requests fellow Hindu women not to make the same mistakes she had made by getting involved in a relationship with a Muslim man and adds that one must always discuss with parents before making any major decisions.
“If you witness any small changes in your society, inform your parents. Do not fear that they will make you quit your education. Or else, you will face the same fate as me. Please trust no one other than your parents. Saving life should be your first priority,” she said.
In her testimony, she also asked Hindu women not to fall into the trap of Muslim men and requested them to marry within the Hindu dharma. “It is safe to marry within Hindu dharma as our sanskar (traditions) is different from others. It is difficult to get adjusted to other traditions. If we want to uphold and protect our cultures and traditions, we should marry within our own community, and we will also be safe,” Apoorva highlighted.
In her latest statement recorded by Chiru Bhat, Apoorva revealed that she was first sexually assaulted by Ijaz who filmed the act which he used as a tool to blackmail her for marriage. The accused had also threatened to hurt both Apoorva and her mother.
“When I agreed to the marriage, he asked me to convert to Islam. I had to sign on all documents as I had no choice. I must say this is nothing but Love Jihad. Even after marriage, he was not taking care of me. I was brainwashed. I didn’t even listen to my parents,” the journalist quoted the victim.
She also revealed that she was forced to cook and consume meat while adding Ijaz treated her like a dog after she delivered a child. “Ijaz used to feed nonveg to my baby forcibly. Only after my marriage, I came to know that he was married for 14 years to his first wife,” she said.
Furthermore, Apoorva also stated that her estranged husband sent her vulgar messages in Urdu which she ignored since their divorce case was in court. However, on the eve of the hearing, Apoorva was attacked by Ijaz.