Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) national general secretary Kailash Vijayvargiya said on the statement made by Chhattisgarh Chief Minister Bhupesh Baghel about the Love Jihad Act that the law was targeted at inter-religious marriage with the intention of conversion.
The BJP leader said in Indore, “We need to understand its definition of (love jihad). Law is being made against the conspiracy behind inter-religion marriage. Love is eternal and easy; it does not look at religion or caste. But if someone loves and marries with a plan or intention of conversion, then this law is for them. ‘
The Chief Minister of Chhattisgarh and senior Congress leader Bhupesh Baghel on Saturday pulled out BJP-led states and said whether inter-religious marriage of family members of BJP leaders would be under the definition of ‘love jihad’?
Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath had recently announced that his government would bring strict laws to curb “love jihad” and force conversion. Earlier, the BJP government led by Shivraj Singh Chauhan in Madhya Pradesh had said that the state would soon have a law against ‘Love Jihad’. Karnataka has also formulated a strict law against ‘Love Jihad’.
On 4 February this year, the Union Ministry of Home Affairs has clarified that the term ‘Love Jihad’ has not been defined under the existing laws and no such case has come up till now. So far no such case has been reported by any central agency. However, according to the Ministry of Home Affairs, two cases involving inter-marriage marriages in Kerala have been investigated by the National Investigation Agency.