The BJP-led government in Assam has decided to crack down on the “emerging trend” of “marriages by deception”, usually involving a prospective groom lying about his religion to marry a Hindu girl, finance and health minister Himanta Biswa Sarma said on Wednesday.
“In Assam, we are seeing the emergence of two to three new trends. Many Muslim boys create fake Facebook accounts with Hindu names and post pictures of themselves at temples. A girl gets married to one such boy, only to discover later that he is not from the same religion. This is a not a bona fide marriage, it is based on false information and basically amounts to a breach of trust,” Sarma said.
Clarifying that the government wasn’t against marriage outside one’s religion as long as it was wilful and without deception, the minister said the idea was to protect “our daughters and sisters” from being tricked into an inter-faith relationship. “We will fight against any marriage which has been or had been solemnised on the basis of forgery.”
Two days ago, while attending a BJP mahila morcha meeting in Dibrugarh, Sarma had said the time had come to “start a new fight against love jihad on Assam’s soil”. He said if BJP retained the reins of government for another five years, anyone hiding his religious identity for marriage or making “negative comments” about Assamese women would face strict punishment.