UP Police stop Muslim couple's marriage on rumours of 'love jihad'
In the latest instance of misuse of Uttar Pradesh’s controversial new anti-conversion law, the police on Tuesday stopped a Muslim couple from getting married based on rumours of ‘love jihad‘. The man, 39-year-old Haider Ali, has alleged that the police beat him and tortured him while they kept him in custody overnight, the Indian Express reported.
The police in Kushinagar reportedly received a phone call saying that an inter-faith marriage was going to take place, with a Hindu woman having converted to Islam for the wedding, and that was enough for them to decide to stop the wedding. Kasya Police Station SHO Sanjay Kumar told Indian Express that “miscreants” were to blame, and that the couple was let go after the police realised they were from the same religion.