Couple Can Reunite in ‘Love Jihad’ Case, India’s Supreme Court Rules

Source: The New York Times

The Supreme Court ruled that Hadiya, center, had a right to choose her spouse and convert to another religion. CreditSivaram V/Reuters

India’s Supreme Court has upheld the right of citizens to choose their spouse and convert to another religion, a landmark ruling in a case involving what right-wing Hindu nationalists refer to as “love jihad.”

The judgment, which came on Monday, was seen as a blow to the governing Hindu nationalist Bharatiya Janata Party. The court’s decision effectively ended a two-year quest by a father to nullify his daughter’s marriage to a Muslim man in the southern state of Kerala, saying that she had been forced to convert to Islam.

The daughter says she acted of her own free will.

Right-wing Hindu nationalists have labeled the case an instance of what they call “love jihad,” after a belief that India’s minority Muslims will take over the country by persuading Hindu women to marry them and convert to Islam.

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