Reaction to Rana Ayyub’s recent article on ‘Love Jihad’

Stop Hindu Hate reaction to Rana Ayyub‘s Washington Post article titled “The hateful love ‘jihad’ conspiracy in India is going mainstream

Rana Ayyub is a known Hindu hater with dubious integrity. Her book’ Gujarat Files: An Anatomy of a coverup’ was judged by The Hon. Supreme Court of India to be “based upon surmises, conjectures, and suppositions, and has no evidentiary value”. (Source: TFI Post 6th July 2020)

Rana Ayyub published an article on 29th November 2020 in Washington Post on the topic of ‘love jihad’. As usual her article is not backed up by any real statistics or facts. The entire piece is loaded with her personal opinions, conjecture, bigotry against Hindus, Modi and Yogi government.

Rana Ayuub’s Omission of the factual History of ‘Love Jihad’

‘Love jihad’ was first coined in Kerala in 2009 when Congress government was in power. Kerala High Court that first raised the issue of love jihad a decade ago. The Kerala High Court in 2009 had asked Police to investigate marriages between non-Muslim women and Muslim men. The Christian Association for Social Action was the first to allege that unsuspecting Christian women were being lured into the trap of love jIhad. “In 2012, the Congress Chief Minister of Kerala, Oommen Chandy, said that during 2009-12, 2,667 young women of other faiths were converted to Islam, against which the number of young Muslim women converted to other faiths was just 81 (India Today, 4.9.2012). The number of non-Muslim women married into Islam is 33 times more than Muslim women married outside Islam.” (Source: New Indian Express, Nov 2020)

The concerns around love jihad was widely reported in the mainstream media since 2009. Below are few snippets of the reportage.

In July 2020, Former Kerala Chief Minister VS Achuthanandan, belonging to the Communist Party of India said Popular Front of India (PFI) was looking to Islamise Kerala within 20 years by using “money and marriage“. National Investigative Agency (NIA) has also reported on the existence of love jihad cases in Kerala. Kerala Minority Commission Vice-Chairman in a letter appealed to Home Minister Amit Shah to investigate an increasing number of organised conversion of Christian women to Islam and then subsequently to terrorism. The Syro-Malabar Church in 2020 also expressed concern over rising Love Jihad cases.

Rana Ayyub’s selective attack on Yogi government for the anti-conversion law

Uttar Pradesh is not the first state to implement anti-conversion law. Anti-conversion already exists in Madhya Pradesh, Arunachal Pradesh, Odisha, Gujarat and Himachal Pradesh. There is mountain of evidence available that validates the modus operandi of a love jihadi – a Muslim man conceals his identity to lure and trap an unsuspecting Hindu girls. If Rana Ayyub is a staunch supporter of inter-faith marriage, then why is she opposing an anti-conversion law? If a Hindu girl is made to change her religion before or after marriage, it no longer remains an inter-faith marriage. If she supports marriage between a Hindu girl and a Muslim boy, then will she promote a Hindu boy and Muslim girls with the same gusto? The answer is no. We have not seen any evidence to the contrary.

Rana Ayyub’s fake concern for Hindu women

Rana Ayyub seems very concerned for the freedom of Hindu women. If her concern is genuine, then why has she never spoken about rape, abduction and conversion of Hindus and Sikh girls in Pakistan? Does that constitute inter-faith marriage or violence against women? Her concern seems to be only for Indian Hindu women and not for women of other faiths suffering similar atrocities. But her ‘concern’ doesn’t extend to Hindu women who have lost their lives at the hands of Muslim man.

Conclusion

While on paper inter-faith marriages seems like a beautiful culmination of two faiths. However forcing a partner to change his/her religion is nothing but imposition of religious supremacy and bigotry. On that basis it ceases to be an inter-faith marriage. Rana Ayyub’s sustained hate for Hindus, Hinduism and Hindu history of India causes her to be silent when Hindu women are murdered, sexually assaulted, tortured or left by their Muslim husbands. Ironically, it is the very same Hindu women for whose ‘rights’ Rana Ayyub choose to write her recent Washington Post article.

Few cases of love jihad cases.