MP: 16-year-old Boy Bashed Up on Suspicion of 'Love Jihad'

A 16-year-old Hindu boy who had run away with a woman was overwhelmed up by a gaggle of males in Madhya Pradesh’s Dewas district allegedly on suspicion that it was a case of so-called ‘love jihad’, police mentioned on Saturday.

No arrest has been made to date in reference to the incident which occurred 4 days in the past. Both the lady and the boy hail from Uttar Pradesh, police mentioned.

A video of the incident additionally went viral on social media.

The boy had reportedly run away with the 12-year-old lady from Balia in Uttar Pradesh and police in Dewas had been alerted to look out for them, mentioned an official.

A crew of police personnel noticed them in a bus at Bhunsara toll sales space, 17 km from Dewas metropolis, mentioned Sonkach space sub-divisional officer of police (SDOP) Prashant Singh Bhadoria.

Just because the police was taking them away, over a dozen males, who have been apparently following the bus in two vehicles, appeared on the spot and set upon the boy, he mentioned.

The video confirmed a number of males slapping, hitting and punching the boy even because the policemen tried to cease them.

The accused apparently thought that the boy was Muslim and had run away with a Hindu lady, mentioned one other police official. Both are the truth is Hindu, he mentioned.

“They thought it was a case of `love jihad”. We were telling them that both were from the same community, but they didn’t listen,” he said, adding that if the boy had not been rescued by the police in time, he might not have survived.

`Love jihad” is a term used by some right-wing leaders who claim that there is a `conspiracy” to lure Hindu girls and convert them to Islam through marriage.

The girl and the boy were taken to a safe place and later handed over to the Uttar Pradesh police, the SDOP said.

On Friday, Dewas district police registered a case against four men who were identified from the video, and 15 other unidentified persons under IPC sections 353 (use of criminal force on any person with a public servant in the execution of his duty as such public servant), 147 (rioting), 323 (voluntarily causing hurt) and 294 (use of obscene word).

“We are trying to identify the other accused. As the charges against the accused are bailable and do not invite punishment of more than seven years, we are going to serve notice to them (before deciding on arrest),” SDOP Bhadoria mentioned.

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