Agenda behind non secular conversion, politics and demand for stringent regulation

Agenda behind religious conversion, politics and demand for stringent law

2021-06-29 14:42:44

Jammu: At a time when the Narendra Modi-led NDA authorities is taking steps in direction of restoring the statehood of erstwhile Jammu and Kashmir, the alleged compelled non secular conversion of two Sikh ladies has sparked widespread protests and raised issues in regards to the safety of minorities within the UT.

The problem has now snowballed into a significant political controversy and seems to have divided the political class, with some demanding a stringent regulation in opposition to compelled non secular conversion like in UP and different BJP-ruled states, whereas others sustaining a stoic silence fearing lack of their vote financial institution.

The investigation being carried out by the police in a number of states has revealed that the Hindu girls have turn out to be delicate targets in ‘Jihad’ for non secular conversion and the individuals behind this racket principally goal these belonging to poor households, unemployed youth, or individuals with a bodily incapacity.  

The matter got here to gentle after protests broke out in Kashmir over the weekend after the experiences in regards to the alleged compelled non secular conversion of two Sikh ladies surfaced. It was reported that the Sikh ladies have been allegedly kidnapped, forcibly transformed and married off with out the consent of households.

One of many ladies, an 18-year-old allegedly mentally unstable, was compelled to carry out ‘nikaah’ with a married man aged 62. The Sik leaders claimed that their marriage was validated by a neighborhood court docket, with out the consent of the lady’s dad and mom. The second lady allegedly went lacking after attending an occasion with a buddy.

The episode has uncovered a sample of ethnic cleaning of minorities in J&Okay many years after the compelled migration of Kashmiri Pandits. The incident additionally exposes the hidden agenda of Pakistan-backed anti-India forces to drive conversion to Islam from Kerala to Kashmir. 
The problem has sparked stress for the reason that Muslim management is on the defensive mode and the native J&Okay and the mainstream non-BJP events like Samajwadi Social gathering, BSP, Congress and AAP have given a lukewarm or delayed response to the compelled conversion of two Sikh ladies in J&Okay.

The Sikh group, together with the Akal Takht and Shiromani Akali Dal, has taken the mater very significantly and demanded security measures within the Kashmir Valley for the safety of minorities.

The SAD – Punjab’s former ruling social gathering – has known as for the imposition of anti-conversion legal guidelines by the Centre in J&Okay.

SAD chief Manjinder Sirsa, who has been main the protests, demanded that the women be returned to their households. He mentioned {that a} high-level Sikh delegation will meet to debate minority issues in Jammu and Kashmir.

As protest over the difficulty intensified, Lieutenant Governor of J&Okay Manoj Sinha additionally took cognisance of the matter of ladies’ security and guaranteed {that a} stringent regulation in opposition to compelled non secular conversion might be launched quickly.

The influential Akal Takht has additionally come ahead with the demand for an anti-conversion regulation in Jammu and Kashmir, according to the same laws in Uttar Pradesh and Madhya Pradesh.

Some Kashmiri Pandit organisations additionally demanded extreme punishment for the culprits and the return of the “kidnapped” Sikh girls to their households.

Nevertheless, this concern has a distinct political connotation too. Throughout the 2020 protests in opposition to the brand new citizenship regulation, a number of Sikh people and our bodies had supported the protesting Muslim group protestors, particularly girls who staged a month-long sit at Shaheen Bagh.

At the moment a political narrative suggesting that the members of two non secular minority group in India – Muslims and the Sikhs – ought to stick collectively in opposition to a fascist BJP regime on the Centre.

However all that now stands uncovered as hole and the Sikh-Muslim bonhomie construct over the anti-CAA protest has vanished now. After staying mum initially, the PAGD leaders in J&Okay have realised that the incident will create a wedge between the Sikhs and Muslims and trigger irreparable hurt to Jammu and Kashmir.

The native J&Okay leaders have mentioned that the 2 communities (Muslims and Sikhs) have supported one another by way of thick and skinny, having withstood numerous makes an attempt to break age-old relationships, and they need to stand collectively this tie too.

The incident additionally factors to a bigger sinister plot to terrorise the native Hindus and Sikhs in J&Okay and drive them to embrace Islam by the Pakistan-funded terror teams like Hizul Mujahideen and LeT.

The Nationwide Investigating Company (NIA) has just lately revealed how Hizbul is creating terror to drive Hindus exodus from Kashmir. A charge-sheet filed by NIA outlined Hizbul’s plan to revive terrorism in Doda, Kishtwar, Ramban and  different districts of Kashmir by perform focused killings of Hindus within the space.

Among the many mainstream political gamers, BJP is the one political social gathering which has strongly opposed compelled conversions on non secular traces. A number of BJP-ruled states have handed highly effective laws in opposition to forceful conversions and marriages and making them cognizable and non-bailable offences.

These legal guidelines intend to counter alleged makes an attempt to transform Hindu girls to Islam within the guise of marriage, which right-wing Hindu activists check with as ‘love jihad’. 
Nevertheless, such legal guidelines will not be new in India. These have been in existence in a number of states, the primary such being enacted in 1967 in Odisha with the intention of stopping conversions of tribal individuals by Christian missionaries.

A doc ready by the BJP had recognized ‘compelled’ non secular conversion and NGOs that obtain overseas funds as inner threats the nation faces.

The BJP doc categorises non secular conversion as a “critical home menace” and a “conspiracy” by Christian and ‘Jihadi’ actions to disturb the demographic construction of the nation with the assistance from funds and drive.

Whereas the Opposition events have all the time blamed BJP “communal plank”, it’s heart-warming to see SAD and Sikh our bodies popping out within the open to oppose the incidents of compelled non secular conversions.

For the restoration of J&Okay’s statehood, it can be crucial that that no social gathering encourages such coercive actions and help laws that offers with non secular conversion “by way of allurement, drive or by misrepresentation or by some other fraudulent means”.

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