Love Jihad: Three persons were arrested in connection with the rape of a married woman and attempt to forcibly convert her religion in Uttar Pradesh’s Mirzapur district. Giving information, police said it was a case of “love jihad”. The main accused deceived the woman by posing as a Hindu man. He befriended her posing as a Hindu and later raped her, police said.
The accused was been identified as Arif Khan.
The survivor in her complaint said she received a call from an unknown person identifying himself as Abhay Mishra. Despite not knowing each other, they continued their conversation and gradually grew closer over subsequent phone calls.
Meet in Mirzapur
On March 24, the woman was visiting her maternal home in Mirzapur when Arif also arrived there. He took her to Ambala with him.
It was in Ambala that the woman discovered the true religious identity of Arif Khan. This led to a confrontation between them.
Arif held the woman against her will for 25 days. During this period he sexually assaulted her, the woman said in her complaint. She said he also filmed the act and used the video footage to blackmail her.
The accused also forced the woman to offer namaz, wear burqa and celebrate Eid. Somehow the woman managed to flee. She and her husband filed a complaint against Arif with the Mirzapur police.
Three men arrested
The police arrested Arif and also his brother Imroz Khan and friend Shahabuddin.
The arrests were made after conducting raids in multiple states, including Uttar Pradesh, Delhi, Haryana and Rajasthan.
According to Superintendent of Police Santosh Mishra, this was a clear case of ‘love jihad’, and the police are actively conducting an investigation into the matter.
The official assured that appropriate action would be taken in the matter.
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