Love Jihad: Harassed by Muslim in-laws, Hindu woman attempts self-immolation outside UP assembly

Love Jihad in UP
The police reached the spot and admitted the woman to the civil hospital where the woman's condition is said to be critical.

An alleged victim of ‘Love Jihad’ who tried to immolate herself yesterday is reported critical. The woman burnt herself in front of the Uttar Pradesh Assembly building in Lucknow, alleging that her in-laws refused entry into their house after her husband left for a Gulf country for work. This incident is from the Hazratganj police station. It is being told that the woman’s condition is critical, and the police have admitted her to the civil hospital.

The woman has set flames on her by putting flammable material, in which her body has burnt a lot. This incident is from the Hazratganj police station. The woman’s condition is critical, and the police have admitted her to the civil hospital.

According to the information, the 35-year-old woman alleged that she was married to Akhilesh Tiwari, a resident of Maharajganj, after which she got divorced. After this, the woman converted and married a young man named Asif. After marriage, Asif went to Saudi Arabia. BJP has alleged that this is a matter of ‘Love Jihad.’

It is alleged that Asif’s family was constantly harassing the woman. Troubled by the torture, the woman set herself on fire by putting flammable material in front of the assembly. The police reached the spot and admitted the woman to the civil hospital where the woman’s condition is said to be critical.

According to DCP Central Somen Verma, preliminary investigation is being done right now, and the whole matter is being investigated. The woman is from Maharajganj, about which other information is also being collected.

According to the police sources, a person named Alok has been arrested. He also hails from Maharajganj, but his location was traced near the UP Vidhan Sabha building at the time of the incident.  Alok is the son of former Governor Sukhdev Prasad and was in touch with the woman.

The woman’s husband left for a Gulf country for work, a few days back. The woman approached authorities after her in-laws threw her out of the house. She also staged a dharna outside her house but was denied entry.

Later she came to Lucknow to meet senior officials and ministers but could not meet them. Anguished with the attitude, she tried to immolate herself by pouring kerosene.

The UP government was contemplating a law against ‘Love Jihad’ aimed at barring religious conversions through force, cheating, and allurements and would also cover conversions under pretenses. This self-immolation incident came when the Yogi government of UP and the police are facing criticism for crime related to women. Significantly, the government is on the backfoot after the Hathras incident.

This is not the first such case in front of the Assembly building. Earlier, a mother and daughter had similarly burnt themselves. After this, they died. This mother and daughter were residents of Amethi. They had a dispute with the neighbour about the drain. The matter also reached the police station. But the police did not take any action on the plea of ​​the mother-daughter, after which she reached Lucknow to meet the top officers. Meanwhile, both of them had set themselves on fire in front of the assembly. The media persons present there had also tried to save both, but both died later.

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