Don’t wear indecent clothes when you go to the market; don’t cover your faces while riding two-wheelers; use mobiles and two-wheelers only in case of emergency and don’t make male friends on Facebook and WhatsApp, says Sindhu Sena, an organisation working among the Sindhi community of Bhopal, in a list of dos and don’ts to tackle “love jihad”.
About 60 members of the Sena, whose last movement was seven years ago when a Sindhi girl eloped with a Muslim boy, met Saturday to discuss “love jihad” and came up with the list ahead of the Navaratri festival.
Sena members Durgesh Keshwani and Rakesh Kukreja, who presided over the meeting, are members of Bharatiya Janata Yuva Morcha but said they were operating as members of the Sindhi community and not in the capacity as activists of the ruling BJP. The BJP, too, has distanced itself from the group saying the party does not endorse its activities.
“Young girls oppose restrictions on clothes but we will make them realise that these are better than wearing a burqa in future,’’ Keshwani said. He said Sena members will monitor the “friends list” on girls’ Facebook accounts to know if they are in touch with the wrong kind of people.
Echoing BJP MLA Usha Thakur, Sena members said they will meet garba organisers and request them to allow entry only on the basis of identity cards. “Why should members of the other community take part if they don’t believe in Hinduism?” Keshwani told The Indian Express. Asked whether the identity cards were meant to keep Muslims out, Keshwani said yes.