“Love jihad doesn’t only mean a Muslim cheating a Hindu. It could happen among Hindus as well. If a Hindu boy uses dubious means to entrap and marry a Hindu girl that is also a form of ‘love jihad’,” Sarma instructed reporters on the sidelines of an occasion to mark completion of two months of his authorities.

Assam chief minister Himanta Biswa Sarma stated on Saturday that the proposed laws, beneath which the bride and groom must disclose their faith and revenue in official paperwork a month earlier than the marriage, goals at curbing the menace of ‘love jihad’ and can embody all communities.

“Love jihad doesn’t only mean a Muslim cheating a Hindu. It could happen among Hindus as well. If a Hindu boy uses dubious means to entrap and marry a Hindu girl that is also a form of ‘love jihad’,” Sarma instructed reporters on the sidelines of an occasion to mark completion of two months of his authorities.

“Love jihad” is a time period utilized by right-wing activists to explain relationships between Muslim males and Hindu ladies, however one which the courts and the Union authorities don’t formally recognise. Several activists and authorized specialists argue that such legal guidelines may very well be used to focus on Muslims and infringe on the basic rights to equality, freedom of faith, and life and private liberty.

“We won’t like to use the term ‘love jihad’, but dubious means or cheating to entrap and marry a girl shouldn’t be done by Hindus too. We will act against such frauds. The law won’t be only against Muslims. No girl or woman should be exploited in that manner,” the CM added.

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