Kolkata: The West Bengal unit of Vishva Hindu Parishad (VHP) has sparked a fresh controversy by deciding to distribute pamphlets that dictates the ‘dos’ and ‘don’ts’ on love jihad. The ultimate aim of the Indian right-wing Hindu nationalist organisation is to reach out to all the educational institutions (both schools and colleges) across the state by the end of September.
This Bengal unit of VHS also targets the girls’ school and women’s college in order to prevent them from marrying Muslim youths. “We will later go door to door to distribute our campaigns. Since VHP is a socio-religious organisation, we must rise to protect Hindu women,” said VHP media convenor Sourish Mukherjee.
The pamphlet has a list of ‘do’s’ and ‘don’t’s’ that seeks to ensure that Hindu girls and women are wary of the Muslim youth. The pamphlet alleged that Bollywood heroes are trying to lure these women into love and warned them against drawing inspiration from such movies. Moreover, the pamphlet stated that Muslim men are paid to do the job of trapping the girls in the love jihad.
Responding to the controversy, CPM leader Fuad Halim said, “VHP instead of addressing real issues like poverty, unemployment has stooped down to a level of something like this. They are giving lessons on love jihad instead of addressing real issues.”
The pamphlet also claimed that Muslim youth are bound to lure girls and women with expensive gifts, good food, etc. The pamphlet carried a warning that said, “Don’t fall in the trap. Inform the VHP and lodge an FIR in the local police station.”
The advisory issued by the VHP also had a message for all the married women. The married women were advised to wear traditional mangalsutra, sindoor, bangles, and shakha (white bangles of conch-shell) which marks them as a proud Hindu. Reacting to the message that the pamphlet carried, All India Trinamool Congress (TMC) minister of West Bengal Firhad Hakim said, “This is a communal style of politics. Now they are trying to create a rift between Hindus and Muslims, later they will create a rift between castes of Hindus. When a party fails miserable, they start doing such things. Our government will come down heavily on this and will never allow something like this.”
Reported by Pooja Mehta