A BJP legislator from Madhya Pradesh on Saturday said that he supports child marriages to eliminate Love jihad. “love jihad,” is a term used by right-wing organisations for marriages between Hindu women and Muslim men. MLA from Agar Malwa has advised parents, especially mothers, to fix marriages of their daughters early in order to save them from love jihad. He said “Earlier, the elders of the family used to fix marriages in the childhood itself and those relations used to last longer. Since the 18-year ‘disease’ i.e, legal age bar for a girl’s marriage has started, many girls have started eloping and the fever of love jihad has gripped. There are shrewd and criminals who pretend to be nice, courteous and target school and coaching class going girls, who usually fall into the trap of love jihad. As the girls reach adolescence, their mind starts wandering. I urge the mothers to remain vigilant of the love jihad.
The government’s intention behind the 18-year bar for marriage is different, but children’s marriages were fixed in childhood in the villages, then they (children) would not take wrong decision thinking that ‘my marriage has already been fixed. If somebody doesn’t get married on time then he/she gets diverted and incidents like ‘love jihad’ happen. When asked how ‘love jihad’ came into this, the BJP MLA said, “It has become evident that some people develop cordial relations with families, show affinity and then exploit women of that family. There are some goonda elements in Muslims who adopt Hindu names to exploit girls. If marriages are fixed early then girls can be saved from love jihad.”