Lucknow, July 7: After the passport row of an interfaith couple in Lucknow earlier, yet another incident of similar nature has cropped up in Uttar Pradesh’s Bijnor- where an interfaith couple were harassed by a group of Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) workers. The couple who had gone to Bijnor’s sub-divisional magistrate (SDM) court to submit their marriage certificate were manhandled by the BJP workers outside the SDM court.
An FIR which was registered later named two accused and other unidentified people from the saffron party who are absconding, as reported by Bijnor City Kotwali police station SHO Bijendra Pal Rana. Out of the group, one of the accused is the district BJP vice-president, Jaswinder Kaur. SHO Rana added that a written complaint was filed against Jaswinder Kaur, Neeraj Rana and at least 10 other people, after the woman and her lawyer insisted.
Meanwhile, Bijnor district BJP chief Rajiv Kumar Sisodia confirmed that Jaswinder Kaur is the BJP district vice-president but denied her presence or her involvement in the incident.
Confirming that an incident like such did take place, Bijnor SP Umesh Kumar Singh said when the couple reached the SDM court to submit their marriage certificate, “some right-wing members” came and allegedly manhandled them. They objected on their inter-faith marriage. Singh said that after intimation, they arrived on the spot to take stock of the situation.
The couple, Mohammad Suhail and Monika, got married on June 14 at an Allahabad court, which asked them to get their marriage certificate verified from the registrar (special marriages) at the district court in Bijnor. While Suhail hails from Chandigarh, his wife Monika is a resident of Bijnor.