In response to a question asked under the Right to Information (RTI) Act, the National Commission for Women (NCW) said that they do not have any data related to Love Jihad.
This statement of the Commission is contrary to the claims of its chief Rekha Sharma, in which she said that Love Jihad cases are increasing in Maharashtra.
You should know that the NCW President had met Maharashtra Governor Bhagat Singh Koshyari on October 20 and said that during this time she had raised the issue of Love Jihad in the conversation.
After this meeting, it was informed by tweeting from the official Twitter handle of NCW that its chairman Rekha Sharma met the Governor of Maharashtra Bhagat Singh Koshyari and a number of issues were discussed between the two including the love jihad cases growing in the state.
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On November 16, Ashoka University professor Aniket Agha tweeted in response to an RTI request that the commission said that it does not keep data on Love Jihad cases.
Aga told that through RTI it has been learned that NCW has not released any data regarding Love Jihad, which can substantiate the claims of NCW President.
The RTI reply has revealed that Rekha Sharma’s claim about love jihad cases growing in Maharashtra was inspired by politics, not on evidence.
You should know that love jihad is a terminology used by Hinduist organizations, in which Hindu women are allegedly forced to convert or convert them by marrying a Muslim person.
The commission’s tweet was severely criticized after meeting the governor in October. During this time, screenshots of some old tweets of Chairman Rekha Sharma also went viral, in which they used offensive language against women.
After this, the Aam Aadmi Party criticized him and demanded the removal of Rekha Sharma from the post of NCW President, after which Rekha Sharma claimed that her Twitter handle was hacked.
After this, by deleting these tweets, Rekha Sharma had protected her Twitter account. Significantly, Rekha Sharma also spoke to reporters after meeting Koshiyari.
According to the report of the Times of India, during this time he underlined the difference between marriage and love jihad of people of two different religions by mutual consent and said that this needs to be taken care of.
Even then, the NCW President had not provided any data regarding the growing complaints of love jihad in the state.
At the same time, after this, social activist Saket Gokhale filed a petition in the Bombay High Court, requesting Sharma to be removed from the post of NCW President, saying, ‘NCW is an independent institution for the protection of the rights of women and its president is clearly Is engaged in communal and divisive rhetoric which questions his ability to work in a secular manner.