The BJP led Assam government has decided to crack down on the “marriages by deception” trend which usually involves the prospective groom lying about his religion to marry a “Hindu girl.”
Assam’s Finance Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma on Wednesday stated about the “breach of trust” in marriages of Hindu girls when it comes to marrying Muslim boys as quoted in ANI. He added, “Many Muslim boys create Facebook accounts with Hindu names and post pictures of themselves at temples. Once a girl gets married to one such boy, she discovers that he is not from the same religion. This is a not a bona fide marriage but a breach of trust.”
The minister also clarified that the state government is not against interfaith marriages as long as it takes place out of “free will” and not “deception.” He added that the idea behind the Assam government plans to clamp down on such marriages is to protect “our daughters and sisters” from being tricked into such scam-marriages.
Sarma was quoted by ANI saying, “State govt has decided to act tough. Next five years we’ll try to see that all marriages take place out of free will and there is no deception. We will fight against any such marriage which has been solemnised on the basis of fraud.”
Meanwhile, the minister while addressing a meeting of the BJP Mahila Morcha in Dibrugarh on Sunday said that love jihad is promoted by social media adding, “Assamese girls are becoming victims of love jihad.” He also stated that the Assamese culture is facing “cultural aggression” and that after falling prey to this they have to face talaq.
The minister also urged the women leaders to ensure that no Assamese girl becomes a victim of ‘love jihad’. He was also quoted by a leading news daily saying, “If any Assamese girl is trolled, harassed, or becomes victim of love jihad on social media by people of hidden identity, we will put them in prison.”
This also comes in the time when Tanishq- a jewelry brand- had to take down an advert featuring an inter-faith couple after it faced backlash and accusations of promoting ‘love jihad’.