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‘VHP only against love jihad, not opposed to interfaith marriages’

Participants at the VHP’s central managing committee meeting in Jammu on June 30, 2019. Photo: Twitter/@VHPDigital

Participants at the VHP’s central managing committee meeting in Jammu on June 30, 2019. Photo: Twitter/@VHPDigital  

“The VHP is not against interfaith marriages but a conspiracy is on under which a Muslim youth in a pre-planned manner traps a Hindu girl and then converts her to his religion by taking undue advantage of her innocence,” VHP national spokesperson Vinod Bansal told PTI in Jammu on June 30.

Speaking to PTI after the conclusion of the VHP’s two-day central managing committee meeting in Jammu, Mr. Bansal said the issue of “love jihad” was also discussed in the meeting, chaired by its national president Vishnu Sadashiv Kokje and attended by 225 senior office-bearers.

“We never opposed marriage of couples belonging to different religions. We are against ‘love jihad’. If there is no mala fide intention, we have no issue (with interfaith marriage),” said Mr. Bansal.

The VHP meeting also demanded tough action against cow slaughter and advocated a separate Ministry for the protection of the animal, revered by Hindus.

He said the meeting, which concluded on June 30, demanded a separate cow protection Ministry to oversee an end of the cow slaughter in the country and an early construction of the Ram temple in Ayodhya. “The meeting expressed hope that the Central government will take necessary steps for the construction of Ram Temple. The people of the country will render full cooperation to the government in this regard,” he said.

“We want government to act tough against cow slaughter,” said Mr. Bansal, claiming that incidents of mob lynching is being blown out of proportion as only a few incidents had taken place and the reason later turned out to be something else.

The Hindus have a sentiment attached with the cow and the people of other religions should respect it even as the cow is equally beneficial for all.

“We condemn all incidents of violence against anyone including cow vigilantes who often come on roads after they feel nothing is done to protect the revered animal. Nobody is speaking against the atrocities committed against them,” he said.

Cow vigilantes are protecting animals and cannot imagine taking away human lives, claimed Mr. Bansal. Referring to the killing of Tabrez Ansari in Jharkhand, Mr. Bansal said though his death looks suspicious, an incident of crime should be seen through the criminal angle only.

Mr. Bansal said the meeting also discussed the alleged practice of having Christian missionaries in management committees of some temples in parts of south India and being given money out of the temples’ offerings. “The money should be spent for the welfare of Hindus alone,” the VHP spokesperson said.

The meeting was also apprised of the organisation’s oversees activities and the steps being taken by it to promote Indian customs, traditions, nationalism and selfless service among the new generation of countrymen living in different parts of the world, he said.

He said the VHP has decided to celebrate the 550th birth day of Guru Nanak Dev throughout the country this year.

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