Victim of the “Love Jihad” law: I’m afraid my baby is dead … I want my husband back

Written by Jignasa Sinha | Moradabad |

Updated: December 16, 2020 7:40:18 AM

Speaking to reporters after Rashid’s arrest on Saturday morning, Pinki, who is three months pregnant, said the two were about to record their marriage when police caught them. Rashid’s older brother Saleem, 25, who was with them, was also arrested.

Speaking with The Indian Express, 22 years old now reunited with the family of the man detained on charges of conversion and forced marriage, she said she had been bleeding for days and feared she had lost the child she was carrying. “The doctors didn’t tell me anything,” Pinki said. Showing that she was “adult” and “happy with my choice”, she added: “I want my husband back”.

Telling how “10-15 people” beat her and Rashid Ali as they were about to register their marriage, on suspicion of being a case of “love jihad”, and handed them over to the police, Pinki she said she was abused by carers at the home where she was taken, as well as doctors at Moradabad Mahila District Hospital. “I told the caretakers to give me medication for my stomach pain, but they told me dramebaaz (actor) and they didn’t help me. They moved me to the hospital after I started bleeding. At the hospital, doctors gave me tablets and injections to treat me, but my condition deteriorated. I still have heavy vaginal bleeding. “

Although district officials earlier denied reports of a miscarriage and said Pinki’s three-month-old fetus was OK, a senior medical officer at the hospital told The Indian Express that this was not yet the case. confirmed. “When he came here, I gave him the pills to stop the bleeding. An ultrasound test was done and the fetus was spotted. However, we do not know if his heart is beating. I sent the woman to a Meerut hospital for more tests, “said the doctor, while denying that Pinki had been abused.

Pinki said that she and Rashid (22 years old) met in Dehradun in December 2019. Pinki, who belongs to Bijnor, worked at a clothing store while Rashid was employed at a salon. After getting married in July this year, defying her family, she said her mother and sister went down to Dehradun. “They beat me. I told my mother to leave me and I filed a complaint with a police station in Dehradun. After the complaint, she stopped calling me. “

Living together since August, the couple recently decided to register their marriage. Rashid’s mother, Naseem Jahan, 51, said they wanted legal action, and were scared anti-conversion law in Uttar Pradesh and because of the confusion surrounding the Citizenship Act (amendment) and the NRC. “We were shocked when Rashid told us about the wedding, but we accepted their nikah. However, we were scared that they did not have marriage certificates. We don’t know much about laws. So, I contacted a lawyer to register the marriage. “

The family believes the lawyer told someone about their wedding. On Saturday, after the application was submitted, while the couple, accompanied by Rashid’s older brother, Salim, were heading to an office for a seal, 10-15 men were stopped.

Pinki said the men beat them, claiming theirs was a case of “love jihad,” and took them to a police station. According to her, it was the men who made her mother come down from Bijnor and file a case against Rashid and her.

Denying these accusations, the police said that they arrested the three near the lawyer’s office based on Pinki’s mother’s complaint. “The mother said her daughter was forced to convert. She gave a recorded statement … Based on this, the local police arrested her. The problem is now in court, “said Moradabad Senior Police Superintendent Prabhakar Chaudhary.

Produced before a magistrate on Monday, Pinki said she was an adult, married in July, long before the 2020 Ordinance in Uttar Pradesh on banning the illegal conversion of religion was made, of her own free will, and that she wanted to go with Rashid’s family. With Rashid and Salim in jail, police said they would take legal advice on how to proceed in this case now.

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