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What is “Love Jihad”? critically analyse the issues associated with the law against love jihad.

Topic : GS-1: Salient features of Indian Society, Diversity of India.

GS-2: Government policies and interventions for development in various sectors and issues arising out of their design and implementation.

1. What is “Love Jihad”? critically analyse the issues associated with the law against love jihad. (250 words)

Reference: The Print

Why the question:

The article explains how the UP governments’ anti-‘love jihad’ ordinance can deprive women of their agency.

Key Demand of the question:

One has to explain what “Love Jihad” is and critically analyse the issues associated with the law against love jihad.

Directive:

Critically analyze – When asked to analyse, you have to examine methodically the structure or nature of the topic by separating it into component parts and present them as a whole in a summary. When ‘critically’ is suffixed or prefixed to a directive, one needs to look at the good and bad of the topic and give a fair judgment.

Structure of the answer:

Introduction:

Start by defining the context of the question, narrate the background briefly.

Body:

Start by discussing what is the whole controversy about. What is the uproar about and proposal by the government of UP and why it is facing criticism.

The proposal is a vicious mix of patriarchy and communalism. The idea was propounded by Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister. It legitimizes a term that constitutes an obvious insult against inter-faith marriages and relationships in which one of the parties is a Muslim man. The reason for bringing in such a law is that the Hindu women are under the threat from Muslim youth seeking to win over girls for religious conversion in the name of marriage.

Explain what are the flaws in the concept? – There is no legal sanction to political terms such as ‘love jihad’. There can be no legislation based on an extra-legal concept. In any case, legislative intervention in marriages involving consenting adults will be clearly unconstitutional.

Discuss the court rulings in this direction.

Conclusion:

Conclude with fair and balanced opinion.