2 May 2022

‘Love Jihad’: What happens when the Law meets conspiracy theories in India?

As Muslims across the world celebrate the end of Ramadan, in India many say they are experiencing a wave of persecution.

Hindu extremists have been carrying out a campaign of intimidation to stop interfaith marriages between Hindus and Muslims.

Violence waged by mobs who believe Muslims are tricking Hindu women into marriage as an attempt to turn India into a muslim republic.

But despite claiming to oppose the violence, India’s Hindu nationalist government, the BJP, has introduced laws which critics say are actually designed to stamp out interfaith marriages.

Mandakini Gahlot reports from Uttar Pradesh, India’s most populous state where falling in love with the wrong person can ruin your life.