Muslim Man Held in India's Madhya Pradesh for Threatening Hindu Girl With Acid Attack Over Marriage
10:52 GMT 08.09.2022 (Updated: 11:12 GMT 08.09.2022)
"Love Jihad" - the practice of forcing Hindu girls to convert to Islam and luring them into marriage afterwards - has become an issue in some parts of India. In several BJP-governed states, including Madhya Pradesh, Himachal Pradesh, Gujarat, and Uttar Pradesh, local governments have even introduced laws against forced conversion.
Police arrested a Muslim man in India's Madhya Pradesh state for allegedly threatening to throw acid at a 19-year-old Hindu girl if she refused to convert to Islam and marry him.
The police action came after the woman filed a complaint against the accused, named Mansoori. According to the victim, a teenage nursing student, Mansoori had been stalking her for months and had recently stepped up his threats.
"He's a Muslim guy. He followed me every day to college from our village. He grabbed my hand and I yelled at him. He threw flowers on me, said he would kill me. He sent a photo of him on social media holding a gun," the girl told the media on Wednesday.
"He also asked me to convert from my religion," the girl added.
According to police, Mansoori was jailed for a similar case earlier this year. He had stalked and threatened another woman in January before being granted bail by a local court.
Late last month, an underage girl from the Hindu community was burned alive by her stalker, Shahrukh Hussain, in the Dumka district of Jharkhand state. Days later, a Muslim man, Rabani Ansari, masqueraded as a Hindu to exploit an underage girl sexually in Ranchi city in the same state.