Saffron outfits in Karnataka hold rally against ‘Love Jihad’

Saffron outfits in Karnataka hold rally against ‘Love Jihad’
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Bengaluru: Right-wing organizations, Vishwa Hindu Parishad, Bajrang Dal and Durgavahini women’s wing on Wednesday began a 15-day awareness programme in the district against ‘Love Jihad’, the organisers said.

They took out a rally from the Sri Laxmi Narayana Temple here to mark the start of the programme.

Love Jihad is a term used by sections of Hindu activists to describe marriages between Hindu women and Muslim men, who they claim seek to propagate Islam.

The organisers said members of saffron fringe would visit every colleges, work places and homes in the district to distribute pamphlets to create awareness on “Love Jihad”.

Awareness programmes would be conducted in each ward, committees formed in parts of the coastal district and monthly meetings held to prevent young girls becoming ‘Love Jihad’ victims, they said.

VHP working president M B Puranik and Bajrang Dal convenor Sharan Pumpwell led the rally.

Puranik said that cases of love jihad are increasing by the day in Udupi, Dakshina Kannada and Kasaragod districts where Hindu girls married to Muslim youths after enacting a love drama.

“Once the girls are married, their life is trouble. The organizations are using these victims for terror-related activities. To curb the practice where innocent girls are used by Muslims, we are starting a campaign against it,” he said, reported Times Of India.

The issue of religious conversions figured in the “Dharma Sansad”, a conclave of Hindu seers, mutt heads and VHP leaders on November 26 last year at Udupi.

RSS chief Mohan Bhagwat spoke about religious conversion and the need to reach out to those who are prone to it.