On ‘love jihad list’, Kolkata couple file police complaint after getting death threats

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New Delhi | Published: February 12, 2018 11:58:07 AM

An interfaith couple in the city of Kolkata recently found their Facebook profile listed among various other profiles on the social media website as examples of ‘love jihad’.

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An interfaith couple in the city of Kolkata recently found their Facebook profile listed among various other profiles on the social media website as examples of ‘love jihad’. The names of the couples listed is not limited to Kolkata but contains couples from across the country. The case was brought to light by the couple who have now filed a complaint in the same matter with the Kolkata police cyber cell after they started receiving death threats. According to The Indian Express, the post that contained the names of more than 100 Facebook profiles of inter-faith couples across the country has been deleted after the matter was brought to light.

The post which has now been deleted, listed out Facebook profiles of Hindu women who are “victims of love jihad” and also exhorted people to find and hunt the men listed in the profiles, The Indian Express reported. As per the report, another post around the same matter had also surfaced on a group. This page claimed to be a member of the Vishwa Hindu Parishad (VHP) and also raised concerns on interfaith marriages.

The couple who filed the complaint with the Kolkata police cyber cell stated that they have been targeted by a group of people. “We were further subjected to death threats, so far I am aware of, such situation of causing harm to us, and/or spreading hatred in the name of religion are offences under the India Penal Code, 1860. In such view of the matter, you are requested to take immediate steps against such activities,” the complaint read. According to the man who filed the complaint on February 7, his girlfriend had found the list of interfaith couples doing the rounds on social media on January 4. “She was scared and informed me. Some of the groups called for saving the women, some individuals highlighted couples like us as love jihad in social media.”

A police official said that a complaint has been received and they are looking into the matter. Other people whose names have been mentioned in the list of profiles have also come up ever since to talk about the matter.

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