After facing much flak from the community as a whole, the Sikh girl who was forcibly converted to Islam and married off to a much older Muslim man has been brought back by the family and married to her community member and freed from the clutches of Love Jihad. Reportedly, when the Shiromani Gurdwara Prabandhak Committee (SGPC) had dropped the towel and left the girl’s family to fend for herself by quoting that ‘she didn’t want to come home,’ the family took the matters into its own hands.
It is worth noting that in cases of Love Jihad, more often than not, the girl is brainwashed to an extent that the families have it tough persuading them to see the reality. The courts with their hands tied behind can only pass a ruling based on the statement of the girl. In this case, the girl claimed that she had wilfully eloped.
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However, rather than making the girl and the family sit across the table, SGPC seemed more intent on making sure that the relation between Sikhs and Muslims stayed in place.
SGPC president Bibi Jagir Kaur said, “As Sikhs, it is the family’s duty to educate and encourage their children to follow the Sikh way of life. Given that in a democracy one can practice their religion, no one should force anyone to convert. We as the SGPC can preach about the religion, but no one can force another to adhere to doctrines of a religion.”
The pictures of the wedding prove that the girl is much happier and content after meeting her family than being married off to an older Muslim man.
It is pertinent to note that Bibi Jagir Kaur has shown glimpses that she is also on the side of Khalistanis and is a closeted hardliner. As reported by TFI, on the 37th anniversary of Operation Blue Star earlier this month, Kaur has justified the chanting of Pro-Khalistani slogans at the Golden Temple.
She was quoted as saying, “This is an expression of the Sikh youth’s ‘josh’ (vehemence). As Singh Sahib (jathedar) stated the youngsters demonstrated their sentiments and healed their pain on the occasion,”
She added further, “This ‘josh’ suggests that the Sikh community is alive and acts independently. A community losing ‘josh’ is considered dead. When the youths raise these slogans, they demonstrate that they are competent to fight the enemy. So, we have no objection to it.”
One peculiar development that was observed all throughout the incident was the reluctance of higher bodies in the Sikh community to outrightly condemn the Islamists who routinely engage in Love Jihad.
As reported by TFI, Shiromani Akali Dal leader Manjinder Singh Sirsa was seen coaxing and appealing to the Islamic leaders, whom he had cheered for in the past one and a half years, rather than being blunt and direct in his statements.
Sirsa said, “I request local leaders of Srinagar and Mullanas & Muftis to come in support of Sikh daughters Sikhs were at the forefront ensuring Muslim daughters reach home safely during CAA protests but no Muslim leader has come to raise voice against forced conversions of Sikh girls.”
It is imperative to note that Sirsa was one of the many leaders across the country that had taken a dig at the UP government for introducing the legislation against Love Jihad. Sirsa, drenched in his hatred for Hindus, had remarked in a rather mocking way that Hinduism was a weak religion and that it needed a law to save itself.
Sirsa had said, “How is your religion (Hinduism) so weak that they need help of law to save their religion? Having this kind of religion is a sin in itself. That means there are flaws in your religion. You must remove these flaws in your religion. The ones who are religious leaders have flaws, remove them.”
During the anti-CAA protests and the farmers’ protest, members of the Sikh community by and large sided with the Islamists, often inviting them to the Gurudwaras to recite the prayers, served them biryanis and gave mind-numbingly tepid slogans like Sikh-Muslim unity.
Ever since then, the Khalistanis who have dominated the space, often masquerading as protestors have toed the line of the Islamists. After all, a big chunk of funding for Khalistanis comes straight from Pakistan and its notorious terrorist elements.
If it wasn’t for the girl’s family and their persistence to bring their daughter home, the entire Love Jihad saga could have been simply steered to an ‘interfaith marriage’ narrative. And the unholy nexus of Khalistanis and Islamists would have emerged victorious yet again.