Sitapur ‘Love Jihad’ Case: Court Grants Bail to Six Including Two Women

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We are not satisfied with the bail. Instead of bail, the demand of justice was that the court should dismiss the case, says Jamiat Ulama-i-Hind President Maulana Arshad Madani

Team Clarion

NEW DELHI— The trial court in Sitapur Friday issued conditional bail to six accused, including two women, who have been lodged in jail for the past four months in the ‘Love Jihad’ case in Tambur town of Sitapur district in Uttar Pradesh, Jamiat Ulama-i-Hind said in a Press Release.

Judge Bhagwan Das Gupta has granted bail to accused Jantan Ibrahim, Afser Jahan Israel, Shamshad, Rafiq Ismail, Javed Shakir Ali and Muhammad Aqib Mansoori.

Advocates Arif Ali, Rizwan, Mujahid Ahmed and Furqan Khan had filed bail petitions on behalf of Jamiat’s Legal Aid Committee.

The lawyers argued that by jailing the petitioners the police had snatched their personal liberty granted by the Constitution of India, and in this case the police had also filed a chargesheet. Therefore, the accused should be released.

The lawyers further told the court that the girl has returned, and in her statement to the police, she said that she had not been forcibly converted or kidnapped, so in the light of the girl’s statement, the accused should be released immediately. The court ordered them released on conditional bail.

Jamiat President Maulana Arshad Madani said that the law under which these people were arrested “is totally against the guiding principles of the Constitution” of the country.

“Therefore, we are not satisfied with the bail. Instead of bail, the demand of justice was that the court should dismiss the case,” Madani appealed.

He lamented the “slow pace” of the judicial system, adding that “if the police arrest an innocent person on the basis of personal enmity or prejudice, and send him or her to jail, it would take months and years to get justice”.

Maulana Madani termed the basis of arrest of the family a “prejudice”.
Justice and the law demanded that the police would arrest the real culprit, but under the pressure of the state government, they arrested only those who had no guilt, he alleged.
“Is this not a serious violation of human rights? Wasn’t it the duty of the esteemed court to reprimand the police for this action so that it would become a precedent for the future and then the police would not dare to humiliate any innocent person in this way?” the head of the Jamait asked.

He said that the court passed the order for their release after the girl had stated that she had not been abducted by anyone but she had gone of her own free will.
Jamiat is fighting a legal battle in the Supreme Court against this unconstitutional law “based on prejudice”.

“99% of these arrests (under the ‘love jihad’ law) are Muslims,” Jamiat said. “This proves that the law was introduced to harass and intimidate Muslim youth.”

Jamiat had filed a petition in the Lucknow Bench of the Allahabad High Court seeking dismissal of the case against the accused. But due to delay in the hearing, the accused’s bail application was moved in the lower court. Bail applications of the remaining accused in the case are also being filed.

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