UP Police has arrested Md. Faiz for threatening to murder a minor Hindu girl and her family if she does not convert to Islam and marry him. The accused lives in Chamanganj area of Kanpur, and his family and friends attacked police with sticks when they went to arrest him. Additional force from 18 police stations had to be rushed to control the situation and complete the arrest.
The girl’s father said that his daughter has not been keeping well for around 2 years now, and in 2021 someone suggested that she be taken to the Ajmer Sharif dargah (Sufi shrine) to get ‘cured’. This superstitious belief in magical healing powers of Sufi pirs/fakirs is quite widespread across the subcontinent, and dubious Muslim occult practitioners have also been known to assume the identity of Hindu tantriks & sadhus to peddle their wares.
So in August 2021, the girl and her mother visited the controversial Ajmer dargah, which is where they met Faiz. He managed to get the girl’s number and also clicked some photos of the two of them. Later, he started stalking her and even morphed those photos to blackmail her. When the girl’s father asked him to stop harassing his girl, Faiz started threatening. In May, the family lodged a complaint with Naubasta police station in Kanpur.
Faiz’s family promised that he would not repeat his ‘mistake’ and convinced the girl’s family to withdraw the complaint. But, as is often seen in such cases of stalking/grooming jihad, the harassment continued once the complaint was withdrawn.
He started pressurizing the girl to convert and marry, and lately also threatened to kill the entire family and chop the minor into pieces like Shraddha Walkar was murdered by her live-in partner Aaftab Poonawalla.
On Friday, he created a ruckus outside the girl’s house. The family then lodged another police complaint against him. Naubasta SHO Sanjay Pandey said that the accused Faiz has been arrested and sent to jail.
Unfortunately, this could prove to be just temporary respite for the minor girl and her family. Our courts have a tendency to take such cases lightly and often release such Islamist stalkers on bail or dismiss charges citing ‘out of court settlements’. The shocking manner in which bail was given to grooming jihad victim Ekta Deswal’s murderers is a case in point.
The weak law enforcement and criminal justice system just emboldens Islamists to resort to more brazen tactics over time. Unless the Bharatiya state and Hindu society adopt a drastically different mindset and approach towards this existential threat, individual Hindus like this family will keep getting targeted and look to migrate to ‘safer’ areas at the first available opportunity.