Love Jihad was reportedly the main topic of discussion between the chairperson of the National Commission for Women and the Governor of Maharashtra. On Tuesday, Maharashtra Governor Bhagat Singh Koshyari and Women’s Commission chairperson Rekha Sharma met. The two talked about love jihad during a recent discussion on the controversial Tanishq ad, NDTV reports. According to the Press Trust of India, Rekha Sharma said there was a huge increase in love jihad cases in the state.
Rekha Sharma raised the issue of the increasing number of love jihad cases in Maharashtra. She also said that there is a difference between consensual interfaith marriages and love jihad. The PTI reported that the document said that a lot of attention was needed on the second issue.
Following the discussion, the commission’s official tweet referred to a meeting with the governor. The tweet said the discussion focused on women’s security in the state, Kovid centers, and the increase in love jihad cases. The government had informed Parliament that the term love jihad was not defined under the existing law and that no such case had been reported by any central agency. It is in this context that the main criticism is that Love Jihad enters into the discussions between the Governor and the Chairperson of the Women’s Commission.