Meerut: Lawyers strike stalled the beginning of politically hyped case under the guise of “Love-Jihad” in July. Now hearing will resume on November 3.
A girls teacher of a School managed by Muslims in Sarawa had since retracted her allegation of forcible conversion and gang-rape, whole case has collapsed, which make headlines in July and triggered protests by Hindu organisations alleging it a case of “love jihad”. The case was to begin in the court of the Meerut district judge on Tuesday. All nine accused, including two women, were presented in court by the police, who are in judicial custody. But in view of the one-day strike called by lawyers, the judge fixed November 3 as the next date of hearing.
Meanwhile, when a correspondent of Indian Express reached for comments at the home of the girl, who is in the center of controversy, her mother broke down. She yelled, “Maa hoon. Meri badi ladki ke bhavishya par rona aata hey, lekin choti ke saath aisa nahi hone doongi.(I am a mother. The future of my elder daughter has been ruined but I will not let the same happen to my younger daughter).”
The family has got the younger daughter married off on October 16 to a youth in a nearby village, claimed a volunteer of an outfit, “Hindu Ki Behan Beti Bachao Sangarsh Samiti.” Her parents, however, denied the claim, saying she was out visiting a relative. The girl is said to be minor.
On the court premises, Sanaullah, who have been made main accused in the case, claimed that the girl in question is like his own daughter. “She has spoken the truth now and we are sure to get bail as all of us are innocent,” he said, referring to the girl’s statement to the Meerut Women’s Police Station on October 12, in which she said she was facing threat to her life from her parents and that her earlier statement alleging abduction, gang rape and forcible conversion to Islam were under duress and her father was under pressure of money he received from local leaders of Sangh Parivar.
She is presently in Naari Niketan. Her parents deny taking of money.