Will Do Whatever It Takes To Put An End To Love Jihad In The State: Karnataka CM B S Yediyurappa
Karnataka Chief Minister assures that the government will do whatever it takes to put an end to conversions for marriage in the state.
Speaking at the inauguration of the Karnataka BJP state executive meeting in Mangaluru this morning, B S Yediyurappa mentioned that, as reported by print and electronic media there has been a rise in the number of ‘love jihad’ cases which involve conversions for marriage.
“I have already discussed with the concerned authorities before I got here. I do not know about any other state but in Karnataka we have to put an end to this at the earliest. We have taken serious notice of the issue of young girls being lured using money or ring trapped in the name of love and later being to undergo religious conversion” said Yediyurappa.
“We will study the issue carefully and bring about stringent rules to prevent such incidents from taking place in the state,” he added.
The state’s Home Minister Basavaraj Bommai and BJP's National General Secretary C T Ravi too have recently rallied behind prohibiting religious conversions for marriage in the state and assured of a law within the framework of the Indian constitution to prevent incidents of ‘youth being misled with an eye on religious conversions’.
Bommai called this ‘all-India phenomenon’ a social menace and said the state is in discussion to find out the ‘necessary legal framework to address the issue’ as quoted.
Meanwhile the Congress in Karnataka has opposed any such action against religious conversion calling it ‘unconstitutional’. Addressing the media on Wednesday, opposition leader and former chief minister Siddaramaiah said ‘marriage is a personal choice and any move to bring such a law will be unconstitutional’.
“No one can take away the constitutional rights of individuals’ he added.
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