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Tuesday, 24 November 2020 4.16 AM IST

National Commission for Women chief Rekha Sharma slammed for raising love jihad

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NEW DELHI: A gathering of National Commission for Women (NCW) chief Rekha Sharma with Maharashtra Governor Bhagat Singh Koshyari on Tuesday is being broadly criticised as, in accordance with the fee, she discussed the “rise in love jihad cases” and ladies’s security within the state.

Ms Sharma informed the governor that there was an increase in instances of “love jihad” in Maharashtra and highlighted the excellence between consensual inter-faith marriages and “love jihad”, stating that the latter required consideration, the fee mentioned, reported information company PTI reported.

“Love jihad” is the time period utilized by right-wing teams to focus on relationships between Muslim males and Hindu ladies, which, they are saying, is an elaborate ruse to forcibly convert the ladies.

The ladies’s physique additionally tweeted a photograph of Tuesday’s assembly, exhibiting Ms Sharma sitting with Mr Koshyari.

“Our Chairperson @sharmarekha met with Bhagat Singh Koshyari, His Excellency, Governor of Maharashtra and discussed issues related to #womensafety in the state including defunct One Stop Centres, molestation and rape of women patients at #COVID centres and rise in love jihad cases,” the NCW tweeted.

In no time, the NCW and its chief had been broadly slammed on social media.

“Would the NCW and its chairperson kindly clarify what is meant by ‘love jihad’? Are you using it with the same meaning which some extremist groups are doing? If so, are you endorsing their brand of vigilantism?” a Twitter person wrote, replying to the fee’s tweet.

Another person query if one can “trust @NCWIndia to take up cases where women are assaulted and even killed for inter-faith marriages”.

“This is outrageous, there’s growing extremism and intolerance along with state indifference to crimes against women and minorities. Is it really constitutional to use term ‘love jihad’ to target a religion?” reads one other response to the NCW’s tweet.

In February, the federal government informed parliament that the time period “jove jihad” will not be outlined below current legal guidelines and no case has been reported by any central company — formally distancing itself from time period utilized by proper wing teams in a number of instances of inter-faith marriages.

A piece of social media customers additionally shared controversial tweets, put out allegedly by Ms Sharma, a number of years in the past. Her tweets are inaccessible now as Ms Sharma has modified her profile settings.

“My stand on this is that I have complained to Twitter as there was suspicious activity happening on my account and its under investigation… Won’t like to reply on trolls,” Ms Sharma mentioned on Wednesday.

#SackRekhaSharma turned one of many trending hashtags on Twitter with many calling for her elimination from the highest post.

“Having installed a deeply misogynist, bigoted and downright sleazy NCW chief, the Modi Government clearly doesn’t care two hoots about women’s rights,” well-known lawyer Karuna Nundy tweeted.

The ladies’s panel’s elevating of “love jihad” comes within the backdrop of the current row over a Tanishq commercial. The jewelry model needed to withdraw the advert final week amid allegations of selling “love jihad” and intense trolling and boycott calls on social media.

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