Law & Governance

NCW Chairperson Slammed For Post On 'Love Jihad,' Old Tweets Surfaces

BP World Bureau | Oct 21 2020 10:50:30 AM
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NEW DELHI: National Commission for Women chairperson Rekha Sharma has been slammed from various quarters over a post about her meeting with the Maharashtra governor where she mentioned 'love jihad.'

She tweeted about her meeting with Maharashtra Governor Bhagat Singh Koshyari where she discussed various forms of atrocities against women, including a rise in the number of 'love jihad' cases in the state.

She was slammed by various human rights and women's rights activists for raising the on-going communal tensions and misogyny. 

Sharma defended herself by saying that she highlighted the distinction between consensual inter-faith marriages and "love jihad", stating that the latter required attention.


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Activist Saket Gokhale wrote to WCD minister Smriti Irani saying that Sharma should be dismissed under Sec 4(3)(d) of The National Commission for Women Act, 1990.

The anger against the NCW chief also led to resurfacing of old tweets where she made sexist, ableist, and rape jokes. #SackRekhaSharma started trending on Twitter.

'Love Jihad' is a term widely used by Right-Wing sections, describing Muslim men who woo and marry non-Muslim women, mostly Hindus, to get them to convert into Islam, as a process of ending the Hindu population. 

Right-Wing also highlighted those cases where Hindu women were killed or tortured for refusing to convert. 

However, it has become a sexist and communal attack against women's rights and minorities.

Sections of the population also demanded to reduce the marital age of women to avoid love jihad. 

The minority has often been attacked or killed when it comes to inter-faith marriages.

As per the special marriage act, inter-faith marriages are legally permitted without a religious ceremony or conversion.