While the Tamil Nadu Government is trying to create an image that love jihad is concocted and issued a de facto ban on screening of The Kerala story, more and more love jihad cases are coming to the surface.
Tamil Nadu police on May 21 arrested three persons, Mubarak Ali, Riyas and Saddam Hussain, for kidnapping and raping a minor girl here. They have been booked under POCSO Act.
Police said the 16-year-old girl from Pudukottai district was working as a worker at a private company in Manappari, Trichy. On May 1 while the minor was returning home from work, she was kidnapped by Mubarak, who is known to her and sexually exploited her.
Based on her mother’s complaint, Manappari police began investigations. After tracing her mobile number, police found that she was in Bengaluru. A special police team immediately rushed to Bengaluru and secured three people along with the girl. During interrogation, it was revealed that the main accused, Mubarak Ali (32), from Vellore, befriended the girl through social media and they were in an affair for some time. Though the duo did not meet, Ali had promised to marry the minor. On May 1, Ali arrived at Manappari to marry her and took her to Bengaluru. After reaching Bengaluru, he sexually assaulted her along with his friends, Riyas (32), and Sadam Hussain (28), of Vellore, by threatening her at knifepoint, police said. All three have now been arrested and remanded.
In another incident, the mother of a 19-year-old college girl complained to the police that her daughter had been missing and suspects that she might have been sold to foreign people. Sandhya, daughter of Selvaraj and resident of Kumarasamy second street, Erode Manalmedu, is studying B.Com in her second year in a private college.
Surampaptti Bharathipuram resident Allauddin(21) befriended her and met her very often. Knowing about this, her parents scolded her and stopped meeting him, besides severing his relationship. According to reports in local media, on May 9, Sandhhya’s mother Poongkodi saw them speaking near to her house and scolded her daughter Sandhya. A few minutes after this, Poongkod found her daughter was missing her educational certificates. She immediately lodged a missing complaint with the local police and also met SP Sasi Mohan. In her complaint, she alleged that Allauddin kidnapped her in the name of love and feared he might sell her to foreign agents or kill her. She requested the police to find and rescue her before anything happened to her. She said Theft, robbery and human trafficking cases are pending against Allauddin. She alleged that it is a pure love jihad case.
The Apex Court on May 12 accused the Tamil Nadu government of orchestrating a ‘de facto’ ban on the released ‘ The Kerala Story’ movie by issuing a state of red alert. It asked the TN to list the steps to maintain law and order.
In the last year, there have been a number of love jihad cases in the state, which have been duly reported by your Organiser weekly.
It is a big list to repeat it again. We can look at some recent love jihad incidents in Tamil Nadu.
In a Dharmapuri district, victim Ramya, who is a nursing graduate, made a complaint against one Fakrudin Meera and his family forcing her to convert to Islam. A 21-year-old Hindu woman from Karur has accused a Muslim man of threatening to release her nude pictures and harassing her for refusing to convert to Islam. A Malaysian girl complained that one Imran, who with fake identity documents, made to believe her as he was a Hindu and impregnated her.
Model Mohammed Zaid had lured more than 20 young girls and later sexually assaulted and sharing them with VIPs in Chennai. On March 7, near Madurai, a 17-year-old girl who was allegedly enticed to elope on February 14, drugged and gang raped, and forced to drink poison died on March 6. Another plus-2 girl near Salem ended her life on January 17, and a 25-year-old Engineering graduate girl from Ramanathapuram committed suicide on December 9 last year. In Theni district, a 17 Engineering Student was kidnapped and raped by Shajahan, a daily wage earner. The list of love jihad is incomplete.
In the Mandapam, there have been instances of love jihad that came to light. In that camp, there had been an increasing number of girl inmates of the Hindu religion being lured by Muslim boys from the same area. The girls are converted into Muslims after the nikkah.
According to reliable sources, on February 4, a refugee girl Sangeetha of Mandapam camp has, married a Muslim boy named Riyas Khan. After the marriage, she started living with him but kept her registration in the camp life. According to sources, she marks her presence in the camp only during the roll calls taken every month. She continues to receive the government doll amount. Now a case has been registered in Mandapam police station under the section woman missing.
In another case, a Sri Lankan Tamil refugee girl Dhana has gone missing from the camp since May 30. She was a 12 th standard student (minor) in a Government higher secondary school at the Mandapam Camp. It is learnt that she has been in love with a Muslim boy –Mohideen, of the same area for over two years. Her family suspects that she might have eloped with the Muslim boy. Police booked a case under a girl missing complaint and are investigating.
Last May, a 16-year-old girl, in her complaint to the Erode South Police, said that her mother, S. Indirani alias Sumiya (38) left her father and was living with A. Syed Ali (40) for the last 13 years along with her. After she attained puberty at the age of 12, Syed Ali sexually assaulted her many times in the presence of her mother. She said that her mother and the intermediary K. Malathi (36) took her to private hospitals in Erode, Salem, Perundurai and Hosur and sold her oocyte. Now they are arrested under the POCSO act. Investigations revealed that the minor girl was sexually abused to make her fertile.
Meanwhile, a selective of reporting of missing women statistics is a real concern for all. Prominent national news outlets, led by The New Indian Express, and mainstream Tamil outlets, including Puthiyathalaimurai, Thanthi TV, Vikatan, and others are worrying.
All of these news outlets, like a planned planting of news, failed to cover the number of women missing in other states such as Tamil Nadu and West Bengal, where the number of women missing is far greater than the number of missing women in Gujarat during the same period.
According to a report published by the National Crime Records Bureau, over 5 lakh people, including men, women, and children, went missing in India between2016-2020. West Bengal, for example, had the highest number of missing women from 2016-2020, with 1,43,102 cases reported. In Tamil Nadu, the number of missing women during the same period was 53,780. On the other hand, Uttar Pradesh, which has a population of over 20 crore people, had 25,535 missing women reported during the same period. More than 40000 women were missing from Gujarat. Puthiya Thalaimurai TV channel claimed that the missing 40000 women were forced into prostitution. However, as they lack substantial evidence to back up their claim, they ended their statement with a question. This begs the question, “What are the 51000 missing Tamil Nadu women doing?” .
Recently, the TN government filed an affidavit in Supreme Court saying There is nothing illegal about missionaries spreading Christianity unless they employ unlawful means. It stressed that the Constitution of India gives people a right to “spread their religion peacefully” and “change their beliefs”. M K Stalin government has submitted in the apex court that citizens of the country should be allowed freely to choose their religion and it would not be appropriate for the Government to put spokes to their personal beliefs and privacy.
The Tamil Nadu government, in an affidavit, remained emphatic that no incident of forceful conversion has been reported in the southern state in the last many years, as it opposed the prayers made by PIL petitioner-advocate Ashwini Upadhyay to order a CBI probe into the alleged cases of forcible conversions and direct the law commission of India to prepare a draft on anti-conversion law.
In Tamil Nadu, crime against women has increased ever since the DMK government came to power. Five men in their 20s were arrested on April 30 for abducting and gang-raping a 14-year-old girl near Suramangalam in Salem. According to police, one of the accused, K Vineeth alias Azar knew the girl, and he abducted her a few days ago and took her to the home of his brother Vignesh. There the two brothers and their friends S Srinivasan, S Akasg h, and S Arun Kumar, all agedbetween 20 and 28 took turns in raping the girl repeatedly. They also recorded the rape on a mobile phone and sent the minor girl home, threatening to make the video public if she complained. The girl reached home and narrated her ordeal to her parents. Based on a complaint from the victim’s father, police on 29th arrested the five youths involved in the crime.
In Villupuram district, police arrested four juveniles (aged between 14-17) under the POCSO act for sexually attacking five teen-aged girls, including a 6-year-old government primary school student and daughter of a migrant worker’s daughter, after showing obscene videos. Police initially tried to hush up the issue but after pressure from public, it had to act and arrest. In February this year, a gang of three unidentified men allegedly assaulted a 17-year-old boy and attempted to rape his girl classmate, at Sinthamani village near Vikravandi taluk in Villupuram.
According to its critics, the two-year achievements of DMK government are nothing to boast about except pampering minorities and allowing proselytization and love jihad activities freely. Its opposition to anti-conversion law is intended to appease minorities, they allege.