Guwahati, July 28, 2023: Assam Chief Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma on Thursday criticized state Congress president Bhupen Bora for his remarks on the recent Golaghat triple murder case. Sarma stated that if anyone files a police case against him for hurting religious sentiments, they will be arrested.
The incident involved a 25-year-old man killing his wife and her parents over family issues and later surrendering to the police in Golaghat district on Monday last.
Sarma claimed the incident was a case of ‘love jihad’ due to the husband being Muslim and the wife Hindu.
In response, Bora said, “All is fair in love and war,” citing examples from ancient texts, including Krishna and Rukmini’s love story, and suggested that the chief minister should not focus on marriages between people of different religions and communities in modern times.
Sarma condemned the comparison between ‘love jihad’ and Lord Krishna and Rukmini’s love story, stating that it is inappropriate to bring Gods into such controversies.
The term ‘love jihad’ is often used by right-wing groups to allege a ploy by Muslim men to convert Hindu women through marriage.
Sarma emphasized the importance of respecting the law and not forcing anyone to change their religion. He urged people to abide by the Special Marriage Act if they wish to marry someone from a different religion.
He also called for peace, suggesting that Hindu men marry women of their community and Muslim men marry women of their community. Sarma warned against involving religious figures like Lord Krishna in political disputes and urged the Congress not to go against Hindu sentiments.