'Love jihad' undefined, yet states rushing with anti-conversion laws
With Madhya Pradesh government announcing its plan to bring a law to ban religious conversion for marriage, talks around 'love jihad' are gaining traction again. 'Love jihad' is more a political term than legal for religious conversion resulting from inter-faith marriages. This term is not defined in law, Union Minister of State for Home Affairs Kishan Reddy told Parliament in February this year.
"The term 'Love Jihad' is not defined under the extant laws. No such case of 'Love Jihad' has been reported by any of the Central agencies," Kishan Reddy had replied to a question by Congress MP Benny Behanan, who sought to know "whether Central agencies have reported any case of 'Love Jihad' from Kerala during the past two years"