Bajrang Dal activists create ruckus outside court over 'love jihad'

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Bareilly (UP), Apr 20 (PTI) Members of the Bajrang Dal on Tuesday created a ruckus outside a court here, when a minor girl turned up there allegedly for a court marriage with a man from another community.

The activists of the right-wing group claimed that they had gathered there to oppose a court marriage on the basis of 'forged papers', showing the girl as a Muslim.

They called it an incident of 'love jihad', a reference to the allegations that Hindu women are being duped into marriages with Muslim men for sake of conversion.

The man fled from there as police detained his parents and the girl.

Police said they have called the girl’s brother who lives in Delhi’s Badarpur.

The girl had left her brother's place a few days ago, after which the family lodged a complaint that she was 'missing'.

'The missing report of the girl has been registered in Delhi. She will be handed over to the Delhi Police when they arrive here. More facts about the girl are being gathered,' said Chhavi Singh, Inspector at the local women police station.

According to the girl’s brother, she is around 15-year-old, police said.

Meanwhile, the Bajrang Dal activists claimed that the girl was introduced to the 24-year-old man, a resident of Bareilly's Fatehganj area, almost a year ago.

Today, the man, along with his parents, was trying for a court marriage using forged papers, they alleged, adding that they got information about it on Monday night.

Neeraj Chaurasia, an office-bearer of the Bajrang Dal, also alleged that the man and his parents were 'trying to sell the girl for Rs 50,000'. PTI CORR NAV RDK RDK