Yet another horrifying case of Love Jihad cum Rape Jihad has come to light from Western UP. As reported in Dainik Jagran, a Hindu girl from Rampur, UP pursuing a degree course in Moradabad was first befriended by a Muslim youth, Sarfaraz Hussain, pretending to be Raj Bishnoi. Hussain used to tie a kalawa (sacred Hindu thread) on his wrist and even visited temples with the girl.
Soon their relationship turned to ‘love’ and on 15 August 2015, he raped the girl – after the girl started crying, he promised to marry her. He then continued to exploit her sexually and even forced her to abort. On 2 October, 2015 he took her to Haridwar and ‘married’ her. But he refused to take her to his home under some excuse or the other.
Her parents got suspicious and when confronted by them, the girl broke down and confessed to her secret ‘marriage’. Her parents called Hussain to their home and insisted that he take their daughter to his parents’ house. Hussain (still pretending to be Hindu) said that his family had still not agreed to their relationship so they would stay in a rented house for the time being.
Hussain brought the girl to Moradabad where they stayed in a rented place for 4 months. One day, his brother arrived at the place when only the girl was at home. She discovered that her ‘husband’ was actually Sarfaraz Hussain, not Raj Bishnoi. Afraid of social shame, the girl resigned herself to continue with the relationship – but when Hussain asked her to convert to Islam, she refused.
The girl threatened to take legal action against her ‘husband’, so he decided to take her to his paternal home. In Feb 2017, he did a nikahnama (Muslim marriage contract) with her and brought her to his home in Bhola Singh ki Milak, Majhola police station area.
There, her in-laws started torturing the girl. They put pressure on her to convert, and physically assaulted her. One day Hussain’s father & brother-in-law got some maulvi to the house, and all 3 of them proceeded to gang-rape her.
Police has registered a case against Sarfaraz Hussain and his family, including his father Izhar Hussain, mother Shakila, brother Zafar Hussain and 7 others.
Such cases occur with terrifying regularity in Western UP and other parts of the country. These are not random crimes, but part of a well-established pattern of targeting Hindu and other non-Muslim girls for sexual exploitation, forced conversion and marriage. All sections of Dharmic samaj – Dalit, Brahmin, Yadav, Jain, OBC, Thakur, Sikh – are falling prey to this sustained attack and we have failed to evolve a coherent response. Fighting this needs a massive social/community response along with new laws & stringent enforcement.
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