Guwahati: Cases of Love Jihad are on a rapid rise in Assam. Several cases of love jihad have come to light where Muslim men pretend to be Hindu and trap Hindu girls in fake love.
In the Udalguri district of Assam, a poor Hindu girl was rescued from a Muslim family after one year of falling into the trap of love jihad. A Muslim boy named Harej Ali opened a Facebook account with a Hindu name Bipin Kalita and trapped a Hindu girl from the Sivasagar district of upper Assam in 2022. After a few months of Facebook love, Harej Ali abducted the Hindu girl and took her to Bengaluru, where he worked as a factory worker.
The victim girl said she was forcefully engaged in a coffee factory for six months, and not a single penny was given to her.
When she learned about the real identity of Harej Ali, she was tortured by him. After six months in Bengaluru, Harej Ali brought her to his native village in the Bhakatpara area in the Udalguri district. At home, the victim was tortured by the whole family of Harej Ali. She was forced to convert to Islam, which she refused. On 8th May, the victim somehow managed to escape from Harej Ali’s home and reached Kalaigaon town without a single penny in her hand. She begged for help from the locals, and local people took her to the Kalaigaon police station. She filed an FIR against Harej Ali and his family. After the FIR, police immediately arrested the love jihadi, Harej Ali. A case has been filed, and the victim was sent to a shelter home for counselling and medical treatment.
On the other hand, a Hindu girl was raped by a Muslim man, namely Abdul Ali, in the Lakhimpur district in north Assam. Abdul Ali was engaged as a labourer at a construction site in the district. He introduced himself as a Hindu boy to the victim. Abdul trapped her in fake love and raped her several times. The incident came to light when the minor victim got impregnated. As soon as he learned about it, Abdul Ali fled. The family of the victim has filed a case.
When police enquired about the culprit, the construction site contractor was unable to provide any information about Abdul. Neither his voter nor Aadhar card was collected, nor his home address was available. Locals complain that many contractors engage migrant Muslim labours for their cheap rate in construction jobs without verifying their identity and address. Several crimes had been committed by such migrant Muslim labourers in upper and north Assam, and after committing crimes, they just disappeared. Even the police were not able to trace them in several cases.