Threats by Muslim men to Hindu women for conversion are now common but new are the cases where Muslim women upon marrying a Hindu man force them to convert. In one such case, a Hindu man has registered a complaint against his Muslim wife in Aligarh city of Uttar Pradesh.
In what is often called ‘Love–Jihad’ where a Muslim man hides his identity to trap a Hindu woman and later forces her to convert to Islam, a new pattern has developed. In these cases, Muslim women marry a Hindu man as per Hindu customs and after the marriage, they start pressurising them to convert to Islam.
Readers may recall the recent case from Maharashtra reported by Organiser where a Dalit boy alleged that his girlfriend Sana Sheikh and her family forcefully circumcised him after he refused to convert to Islam. Sana was a candidate in Shark Tank India season 2 and she also bagged investment for her brand.
Before marriage, the woman had no problem with the victim’s religion
A First Information Report (number–171/2023) was registered at the Akrabad police station of the Aligarh district of Uttar Pradesh on March 29 by the victim Ajay Singh.
In his complaint, Ajay told the police that, he lives in the Faridpur area of the city and follows the Hindu religion. In December 2022, he get married to Muskan daughter of Yunis Salim. Angry over the wedding Yunis registered a case against Ajay (FIR number–551/2022 under sections 363 & 366 (abduction)). But as Muskan was major, when they were presented before the magistrate she refused the allegations and said, she wants to live with him.
After the marriage, she started living with Ajay and things were going well until she started getting out of the house. Ajay added the place they live in has a maximum Muslim population and his family is the only Hindu family living in that area. As soon as Muskan get in touch with the families living in the colony her behaviour changed a lot.
Under the influence of the villagers, Muskan is forcing Ajay and his family to convert to Islam only then she will live with him. When he told about this to Muskan’s father and brother-in-law they said she was right and he should accept Islam or else they will frame him in a false case.
Muskan and her family gave him death threats, she also tried committing suicide when he refused to convert.
On March 26, Ajay and his family kept fast as Navratri was going on, they all were preparing for the Pooja and as soon as the prayers began she throw the idol of Mata Durga. She said, she will cook meat and everyone will have to eat it, she started mocking and abusing the Hindu religion. She asked Ajay and his family to offer Namaz inside the house.
When they refused to do so she gave them a deadline of three days after which Muskan and family will frame Ajay in a false case. Ajay who wanted to remain a Hindu only gave this complaint letter to the police.
Uttar Pradesh Freedom of Religion Act is missing from the FIR
The police booked the accused Muskan, her father Yunis Ali, her mother Shehenshah, and brother Sohail Khan Muskan’s brother-in-law under IPC sections 295 (destroying place of worship), 295-A (outraging religious feelings), 298 (wounding religious feelings), 504 (intentionally insult) and 506 (criminal intimidation).
Notably, even after mentioning repeatedly that Muskan and her family were forcing Ajay to convert to Islam the Uttar Pradesh police has not invoked sections of the Uttar Pradesh Freedom of Religion Act in this case.
This correspondent called the Circle officer Barla, Sarjana Singh on April 1, she said, they have arrested the accused Muskan on March 30 and the brother of the accused on March 31, they have been sent to police custody as per section 151 of the CrPC.
Asking why the sections of the Uttar Pradesh Freedom of Religion Act are not imposed in the case against the culprits, she said, those sections will be imposed in the probe further.
She added they are tracking the other three accused and they all will get arrested soon.
In the Viral video victim says, “I will die but will never convert”
The accused Muskan Khatun and Ajay get married to each other in December 2022, almost three months after their wedding she started threatening him and his family to convert.
In the video from the day when she throw the idol of Mata Durga out, she can be seen saying, Ajay will have to convert to Islam or else he will have to die.
Ajay says Muskan is asking him to go to a place with some Salim and Alim who will do his ‘Musalmani’ (circumcision) and his family should also convert to Islam, only then she will live with him.
In the video Muskan violently says that she will not live with him until he gets converted.
This correspondent called Ajay on April 1, he said, he met Muskan at work. He works as a labourer and she also worked in the fields. Soon they fell in love and Muskan started forcing him to marry her.
One day the eloped, and Ajay took her to Aligarh city where they stayed for a night when the police caught them. The next day Muskan told the magistrate that she has moved with Ajay on her own wish and will stay with him only.
Ajay and Muskan had a court wedding in December 2022.
After she moved to Ajay’s village Faridpur, she started forcing him to convert to Islam. She was influenced by the people living in the village. Ajay says the village he lives in is an all-Muslim village with only his family as Hindu. His grandfather were four brothers and only their families live in the village, so the village has only four Hindu houses.
Muskan belongs to Abbasi Muslim Jati.
Ajay said, “The villagers told Muskan and her family that she had married Kaffir and will go to Jahannum. If she will get Ajay and family converted to Islam she will will go to jannat, as she will bring a non-beliver to Islam”.
Ajay says, he and family is very religious and they don’t really discriminate among Hindus and Muslims but Muskan made his life hell. He was forced to convert almost every single day.
She would tell him how accepting Islam can take him to Jannat.
However, a Hindu activist Gyanendra Chouhan who is associated with Karni Sena told this correspondent that the duo get married to each other as per Hindu rituals and at that time the accused woman had no issue with the victim’s religion. She even agreed to come to his house in front of the magistrate.
But is it the only case where a Muslim woman forced a Hindu man to convert to Islam?
Well, there are many, to begin with, Organiser reported a case this month where A Dalit man from Aurangabad city of Maharashtra filed a case against his ex-girlfriend and her family for forced circumcision (Khatna), extortion and caste abuse. After struggling for almost two long years, he finds no relief from the High Court as the accused and family were granted bail.
Regarding the allegations of forced circumcision, the Court ruled that medical experts have failed to prove if the circumcision was done naturally or surgically. About the ‘Love Jihad’ angle the Bombay High Court stated that ‘Merely because the boy and girl are from different religions, it cannot have a religious angle. It can be a case of pure love for each other.’
The man Dipak Ramdas Sonawane alleged that the accused Sana Farheen Shahmir also showed him Zakir Naik videos. Sana was a participant in this year’s Shark Tank India and her brand also draws funds from the Sharks (investors) in the show.
Readers can find a detailed report on this case here:
Notably, a similar case of forced circumcision was reported in Maharashtra in the month of December 2022. The Man Bablu Milind Chouhan who belongs to the Valmiki Jati get married to Rabia Khatun in 2018.
After their wedding, they moved from Solapur to Pune for work, the place where they lived in Pune resided mostly Muslim families and one of their neighbours Asif Shiekh learned about Bablu being a Hindu.
One day, Asif approached Rabia and asked her if she was Muslim, to which she said yes, she was. Asif began harassing Rabia after that day. When Rabia told this to Bablu, he confronted Asif, but the latter insulted Bablu saying he was a ‘kafir’
Asif told him, “You are Hindu, you are ‘kafir’ and despite that, you married a woman from my religion. Either you convert to Islam or leave her.”
On October 14, 2022, Asif with Haji Sahab get Bablu forcefully circumcised. They also confronted Rabia saying she should have married a ‘Five Times Namazi’ instead of a Kaffir Hindu.
Watch their statement here:
In a similar case from Uttar Pradesh a Dalit man, Jagveer Kori gave a complaint against his wife Pooja who turned out to be Haseena Bano twelve years after their marriage. When the truth came out she started forcing Jagveer to convert to else she will get him killed and take away all his property.
In October 2022, Jagveer told this correspondent that, “My marriage has turned out to be a big lie. My wife, who claimed she was an orphan, has a big Muslim family. She is not Pooja but Haseena Bano. They all have forcibly made my son undergo circumcision”.
In this case, a FIR (number–403/2022) was registered at the Ayodhya Kotwali on September 2022.
Watch Jagveer’s statement here:
In a similar case from Meerut, a man Dushyant Choudhary committed suicide after his wife Farah and family started forcing him to convert to Islam. He committed suicide on January 2022.
Based on a complaint by Dushyant’s cousin Johny, the Nauchandi police filed a first important report (FIR) on 29 January (number 15/2023). However, despite the forced conversion allegations, police have booked Dushyant’s wife and in-laws only for abetment to suicide.
This correspondent talked to Dushyant’s friend Sumit who said, Dushyant had adopted Islamic ways. He stopped going to temples or accepting puja prasad.
Once, Sumit saw him coming out of a mosque wearing a skull cap and white kurta-pajama. When Sumit tried to talk to him, Dushyant argued that Islam was the only religion suitable to follow. When Sumit argued against it, Dushyant got angry and left.
In June 2021, a Sikh man from Punjab moved to court seeking help after his Muslim wife and her relatives started forcing him to convert to Islam.
The plea said that though his wife had promised him before their marriage that she and her family would never force him to convert to her religion, he was pressured soon after the marriage to give up his Sikh faith. The family was forcing him to get his son circumcised as per Islamic custom.
In November 2021, a man from Delhi named Mohit registered a police complaint against his wife Sonia who turned out to be Nazreen. After their wedding at an Arya Samaj temple Nazreen’s family forcefully converted Mohit to Islam and they allegedly circumcised him as well.
There is clearly a pattern where Muslim women after marrying Hindu men start forcing them to convert to Islam. The local Hindu activists call it ‘Reverse Love Jihad’.