A Muslim youth was allegedly beaten by members of the Dharma Jagaran Sena and a Hindu girl, who accused him of attempting to forcibly convert her to Islam and marry her, in Jabalpur on Saturday.
After beating Nayab Khan, a mechanic with a two-wheeler company, the sena members reportedly took him to the Cantonment police station where they insisted he be booked under the anti-conversion law for “love jihad”. The police, however, refused to invoke the law, but booked the 24-year-old for attempting to outrage the girl’s modesty and criminal intimidation.
Before he was handed over to the police, Nayab was reportedly slapped and kicked by girls and sena members in the presence of reporters and camerapersons at Tagore Garden. “No male will beat him up (let the girls do the job),’’ the sena members reportedly said when they saw men beating Nayab.
The Hindu girl who was allegedly forced to convert, was Nayab’s co-worker. She has alleged that she had to quit her job and move to Indore because he had threatened to throw acid on her if she didn’t marry him. She further alleged that after she stopped taking his calls, he would call from new numbers.
The girl claimed that Nayab on Saturday forced her to come to Tagore Garden — where he wanted to solemnise nikah — by threatening to throw acid on her two sisters. Yogesh Agarwal of the Dharma Jagaran Sena said the activists were called to the spot by the girl.