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Abducted Meerut Hindu girl surfaces before Allahabad HC: ‘willingly converted, married a Muslim’

The girl, Binta, claimed her marriage was performed in a madrasa in Muzaffarnagar on March 12.

NEARLY TWO months after she was allegedly abducted from her relative’s place at Modinagar near Meerut, a girl belonging to the Hindu community on Wednesday appeared before the Allahabad High Court with an affidavit stating that she has willingly embraced Islam and married a Muslim youth of her village in Partapur area.

Her father and members of her alleged new family were present before the court. The girl, Binta, claimed her marriage was performed in a madrasa in Muzaffarnagar on March 12 — eight days after she turned 18. After conversion, Binta has changed her name to Fatima.

The girl’s father, Mukesh Bansal — a resident of Kashi village — has alleged that it was a pre-planned conspiracy to abduct Binta and then convert her to Islam before she was married to a Muslim.”I am awaiting the marriage certificate, following which I will decide my future strategy. I do not accept this marriage,” he said.

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The police, meanwhile, had arrested two persons — Layak Ali and Mussavar — on January 26 in connection with the alleged abduction. However, it could not then trace the girl and her alleged husband, Mashgoor. Layak Ali and Mussavar were produced before a Ghaziabad court on Thursday, where they were denied bail.

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According to the police report, Binta and her family members had gone to attend the wedding of a relative in Niwari village, from where she was allegedly abducted on January 23. Since then, there had been no trace of her.

The BJP and the RSS had raised much hue and cry on the issue. BJP MP from Meerut, Rajendra Agarwal, had staged a dharna in Kashi village and threatened to launch a sustained agitation if Binta was not traced soon.

“This is a love jihad issue. If the police was willing to trace the girl, she would have been home by now. The state government is playing the politics of appeasement. Nearly a dozen such incidents have taken place in Uttar Pradesh this year. We oppose and condemn these incidents,” said Vineet Sharda, state chief of BJP’s trade wing.