The family of Jagdish Dalaram Parihar, which has filed a missing complaint, told the police that he had called up his brother to say that he was going to embrace Islam as he "dislikes" Hinduism, a police official said.
Most Algerian women do not wear the niqab, a custom imported from more traditionally conservative Arab countries such as Saudi Arabia, but the decision is likely to be criticized by Algeria's Salafists minority.
Sivraj Singh Chauhan, chief of Yuva Hindu Vahini-Bharat, said, “Our outfit was formed for welfare of our Hindu brothers. We also help those who want a ghar wapsi and this was why our activists in Baghpat have helped a Muslim family in conversion.”
Sardhana police station house officer Dilip Kumar said that the FIR was registered against the husband under the IPC sections for rape, assault or criminal force to woman with intent to outrage her modesty and cheating, among others.
HRW said hate speech against Shiites has had "fatal consequences" across the region, employed by groups including the Islamic State and Al-Qaeda as justification for targeting Shiite civilians and religious sites in Syria, Iraq and elsewhere.