(NEW DELIHI, India.) Interfaith Law Report: A controversial new anti-conversion law that criminalises interfaith love has put Hindu-Muslim couples on edge. Now, they face the wrath of not just their families, but also the Indian state #AceNewsDesk report

#AceNewsReport – Mar.16: Ayesha and her boyfriend, Santosh (both their names have been changed) are on the run. “My parents have come to look for me and they are outside somewhere,” Ayesha said. “We are scared. We have been asked to stay inside: “ The couple, both 29, fled their home town in the western state of Gujarat. For now, they are living in a safe house – a nondescript two-story building – in Delhi. Also hiding with them is another couple from Uttar Pradesh state in India’s north:

India’s interfaith couples on edge after new law: In November 2020, Uttar Pradesh became the first state to pass a law – Prohibition of Unlawful Religious Conversion Ordinance – banning “unlawful conversion” by force, fraudulent means or marriage. It was in response to what right-wing Hindu groups call “love jihad”, an Islamophobic term denoting a baseless conspiracy theory that accuses Muslim men of seeking to make Hindu women fall in love with them with the sole purpose of converting them to Islam.Santosh and Ayesha have dated secretly for 13 years

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By Chinki Sinha
BBC Hindi

A civil right activist holds a placard during a demonstration condemning the decision of various Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) led state governments in the country for the proposed passing of laws against "Love Jihad" in Bangalore on December 1, 2020.
Several couples have been arrested under a new law that targets interfaith marriage

The iron door opened just enough for the girl to peep out. She looked scared. 

A ‘lost baby’ in a battle over love and religion

The law has led to multiple cases and arrests in UP, a state governed by India’s Hindu nationalist Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP). Madhya Pradesh, another BJP-ruled state, has already passed a similar law and others, including Gujarat, are mulling doing the same. So couples are now leaving these states to marry in what they consider “safer” places such as Delhi. 

Interfaith marriages in India are registered under the Special Marriage Act, which mandates a 30-day notice period. But couples live in fear of reprisals throughout this time and even more so now, with a new law that targets such marriages. 

It’s yet another obstacle in Ayesha and Santosh’s 13-year-long relationship: ‘Our love is love, not jihad’

They met in college in Gujarat in 2009. He was studying Gujarati, and she was an economics student. 

“We had a common Hindi class,” Ayesha said. They became friends and grew close. Two years later, she finally asked him if he loved her and, if he did, why couldn’t he admit it?

Santosh loved her but he also knew that the road ahead would be hard in Gujarat, a state where communal tensions run deep. The couple met in college

They both belong to India’s middle class – Ayesha’s father ran a small local business and she was a school teacher. Santosh’s father was a clerk at the university, where he had a data entry job. He also worked as a freelance photographer. 

But Ayesha is Muslim and Santosh is a Dalit (formerly untouchable), a community that is at the bottom of the unyielding Hindu caste hierarchy.

They both recalled 2002, when more than 1,000 people, mostly Muslims, died in riots after a train fire killed 60 Hindu pilgrims in Gujarat. Muslims were blamed for starting the fire. It was one of India’s worst episodes of religious violence. 

And Ayesha and Santosh, who grew up in the shadow it cast, were well aware of the consequences of love that was considered out of bounds. 

“In Gujarat, being an interfaith couple is a big problem,” Santosh said. “You can’t meet, you can’t talk, you can’t do anything.”

But they were undeterred. Santosh told Ayesha that once they began a relationship, he would be in it until the end.

After graduating from college in 2012, they met rarely – but when they did it was the result of meticulous planning. They would meet in public places so it wouldn’t arouse suspicion. And they would keep it short. 

“We would meet with cloth wrapped around our faces,” Santosh said. 

The rest of the time they kept in touch over the phone. 

“We would save each other’s numbers under false names or call from other phones,” he added. Since Ayesha’s family monitored her calls, Santosh often mimicked a woman’s voice when he called her.

When Santosh’s parents found out about the relationship, they decided to get him married. They even forced him into an engagement with a girl last November.

“I was depressed for days. I couldn’t talk to Ayesha as her family had also come to know by then,” he said.

Ayesha’s father and brother were pressurising her to marry as well. 

So Santosh and Ayesha tried to get married in Gujarat – they filed a petition to register the wedding under the Special Marriage Act. But the clerk, who saw Ayesha’s name in the paperwork, alerted her father. The couple fled to Delhi to get married

Santosh paid a lawyer 25,000 rupees ($340; £250) to get their marriage registered, but the lawyer backed out.

“No officials agreed to help. No lawyers would take our case. They would say this is an interfaith marriage and it is dangerous for them. They told us to not to do it,” he said. “Perhaps, there are [right-wing] vigilante groups on the court premises.”

Time was running out. So the couple decided to run away. “I wanted to be with Ayesha. We had no other choice,” Santosh said. 

On 22 January, they came to Delhi hoping to finally marry. 

They say that it was on the flight to Delhi that they spent hours together for the first time in their 13-year courtship.

When they arrived, they sought out the offices of Dhanak, the group that runs the safe house. They informed their parents and the respective police stations that they were in Delhi. They moved to the safe house on 29 January.

Dhanak facilitates marriages between interfaith couples. Its founder, Asif Iqbal, says they have been receiving many calls from couples wanting to get married ever since the new anti-conversion law was passed in Uttar Pradesh. 

“Santosh was crying when he called,” Mr Iqbal said.

Most couples end up losing their jobs while in hiding. Santosh and Ayesha are looking for work. They are worried and scared but they say trust in each other is keeping them going.

“Love is sacrifice,” Ayesha said.

For now, they say, they have a place to live and they are with each other.

“They say love is blind but it’s hatred that is blind,” Santosh said.

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A speech made in 1942 that is still relevant in 2014

Charlie Chaplin did a movie in 1942, a few years before WWII ended and in the middle of a war. The movie was called ‘The Great Dictator’ Now many people know this but the video below of his speech for democracy and peace was actually adlibbed. He forgot his lines and just spoke from the heart, he said what I am guessing many thought at the time. The video is his voice with modern images over it. I have shared this video 100 times now, I just shared it with someone on their blog and it made me do this blog. This video speaks a 72 year old language in a World long lost and forgotten. A world where men would take their own life if they could not fight for their country. I know it happened in the USA and the UK. That is an Alien World now. The values we held then have gone, social values have collapsed and we have turned into a hateful species, we do see individual acts of kindness but too often we see a world where hate and greed have taken over

It’s amazing how a 72 year old speech from 1942, made up on the spot can be so relevant in 2014

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#AceNewsGroup Wishes All Our Readers A Happy New Year And A Prosperous 2014#Peace

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Ace News Group Wishes All Its Readers A Happy And Prosperous New Year

#AceNewsGroup wishes all its readers a ” Happy New Year and a Prosperous 2014″ and may your life be filled with goodness and mercy. 

Reflections on a New Year that has not yet arrived, and one that began for me by “Caring” and ended with “Sharing” as l spoke to more people about their lives. 

As l grew into a person with greater compassion and humility, than l ever believed possible, by understanding forgiveness, that comes from experiences, never from judgement.

That allowing myself to release feelings, sometimes good and sometimes bad, allows want to turn to need, and need to turn to forgiveness.

So let 2014 be a year of “Peace and Love and let us all “Care and Share” and let “Charity” be from the “Heart” not our Pocket.  

God Bless.

Editor  

 

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http www youtube com watch v=7VdwcctZ6kY Me talking…

Me talking for 8 minutes, links I mentioned in the Audio are below

http://prayingforoneday.wordpress.com/2013/06/14/to-the-people-of-the-usa-i-am-sorry-for-what-is-coming/

http://prayingforoneday.wordpress.com/2013/10/28/usa-a-military-coup-will-remove-obama/

More love, less hate

Shaun x

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Never Take No For An Answer!

This may seem a very strange title ,but really it is the word No that is my watchword for this day! This simply means if in your heart you believe you are right, and when everyone, says No to you, do not give up. By accepting their words, you are not using the free-will that God gave us, and by accepting other people are right, when our heart tells us, they are not, we are giving up our right to our free-will, and thus the way we live our life!
The fact is peace is won not by war or violence, but by talking through a solution, to resolve our differences! It is not by agreeing someone is right because, they say so, as this means that they may not be, unless they can prove the reason why!
It is not enough just to say to someone, that they are not in control of their decision, as someone else pulls the strings! As they may have had their free-will curtailed by threat of redundancy, or losing their job! As long as you perform your duties to the best of your ability, either in your job or simply in life, then no-one can, or should be able to persuade you to follow them!

I never ask anyone to believe what l say, but to check out what l write,, and if you disagree say so in a constructive way! But do not say l am wrong, as l will not say you are wrong, but if no compromise can be reached, or a stalemate exists ,just agree to disagree, until the right time presents itself, to take up your shield of truth and the sword of justice and re-enter the fray! By then you will now have a clear mind and an aim, to prove that you can get justice for your cause!
So remember when we cannot make a difference at that time, wait until God is ready and together, you can walk together as all you were waiting for was his understanding to enter your life!

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Care In The Community Update

Just a month after my mother was left on her own for two days, phone call from would you believe it, the vulnerable adults team. Just advising a follow-up and the fact their is going to be a meeting behind closed doors, to make sure it does not happen again! Happen again, l retorted, what about who is respnsible this time, l asked? Oh yes she said but just to say we are going to do everything we can, to help resovle this matter! So you will need my help and l will want to be present at the meeting, so l will prepare a file and let you have the full details. Ok she said, so more soon after meeting! But my motto never take NO for an answer, ever!!

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