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One case of grooming jihad, one of sexual assault reported from Baghpat, UP

Hindu girls and women continue to be targeted in Western UP as demonstrated by two new cases reported from Baghpat. A young girl was lured to elope along with her family’s jewelry, while another was held hostage in her own house and molested.

The police failed to take any action against the accused following which Hindu Organizations met the Circle Inspector Anuj Mishra and demanded immediate action against the accused. All the accused are from the Muslim community while the victims are both Hindu girls. 

On the 14th of April, a young Hindu woman who had been living with her paternal uncle since childhood went missing from the area. It is alleged that a Muslim man lured the young girl and persuaded her to elope with him. She fell for the grooming Jihad trap and allegedly took Rs. ten thousand, gold, and silver jewelry along with her. 

Her relatives complained to the police but they did not search for the girl or track down her whereabouts. Needless to say, neither the missing valuables have been found nor the accused arrested.

An 18-year-old woman was molested on the 19th of April by two men after they allegedly held her captive in her own house. A case was registered against two men and a couple. The role of the couple in the incident is not clear as yet. Though a case was filed the accused are yet to be arrested or remanded.

Officials of Hindu Jagran Manch including District Vice President Satyavir Thakur and other Hindu organization leaders met CO Anuj Mishra demanding immediate action. Beti Bachao chief Jaykumar and co-chief Kapil Sharma, District Swavlamban chief Acharya Praveen Kumar, Yuva Vahini district vice president Pramod Vats, Deepak Singh Manav, Rajiv Vishwakarma, Kapil Prajapati, Ankit Thakur, etc. were present. CO Anuj Mishra said that the police are looking into both cases. 

As we had mentioned before, while the law against grooming Jihad in UP is a welcome move and has brought respite to many families, one law alone is not going to suffice to tackle the Islamist mindset which looks at Hindu girls as legitimate prey for sexual exploitation and/or conversion. The law only kicks in post a fraudulent conversion – what is needed is a socio-religious-legal strategy to pre-empt these crimes and improve women’s safety in the area. Things will not improve unless there is a crack down on the mosque/madrasa network where such misogynist and anti-Hindu attitudes are indoctrinated into Muslim youth.  

Courts are also not helping matters with their own interpretations and some shocking and haphazard verdicts have made matters worse.

A case in point is a recent Mumbai High Court order that set aside the conviction of a man charged under the stringent POCSO (Protection of Children from Sexual Offences Act) for allegedly molesting a 12-year-old girl. The reason given was even more bizarre where the court ‘found’ that the complainant, the child’s mother, had not ‘witnessed’ the accused indulge in the act of pressing the minor girl’s breasts. 

The court even added that the accused did not remove the girl’s salwar and that he did not indulge in skin-to-skin contact with sexual intent! Interestingly this verdict came from a woman judge! Thankfully, in this case at least, the SC stayed the HC order.

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