Rubika Pahadin case: With the Shraddha Walker Murder case, a new opinion started floating which was ‘marriage being a personal issue must not be called into public debate or discussion’. The left liberal cabal opined that marriage and relationship must not be a part of public discourse. The thought process becomes problematic when cases of Love-Jihad become a daily bulletin and slowly shift from prime time to just tickers. The menace of Love Jihad is not just limited to the metropolitan cities, but has rather entered the tribal belts of the country too. The problem came into light when a tribal woman of Jharkhand, Rubika suffered the same unfortunate fate as Shraddha Walker.
Rubika Pahadin case sheds light on the menace
Days after the bone chilling revelations in the Shraddha Walker case, a similar case was reported from Jharkhand. Rubika Pahadin, hailing from Paharia community in Sahibganj was strangled to death by her partner, 27-year-old Dildar Ansari. Allegedly, Ansari had later chopped the dead body of Rubika Pahadin into pieces and had discarded it. Rubika Pahadin and Dildar had married just a month ago. Reports claim that Dildar had trapped Rubika Pahadin on the pretext of love and did not disclose that he was previously married.
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This, however, was not such a first case and Rubika Pahadin case was not the first woman to be entrapped by a person from a particular community. As per reports, there has been a spike in such cases when men from Muslim communities have lured and married Tribal women. This is being done to grab tribal land in the state and design a way to enter into politics.
Land, Politics and Power
As per the Chota Nagpur Tenancy Act or CNT Act and Santhal Parganas Tenancy (SPT) Act, land belonging to tribals cannot be sold to any non-tribal. These laws prohibit sale and purchase of tribal land to anyone who doesn’t belong to the community. Therefore, citing the loophole, Islamists with an agenda lure tribal women into marriage and grab land.
Further, tribal women are also being used to gain political power. Men from particular communities marry tribal women and make them contest on the reserved seats and gain political hold in the state. Reports suggest that tribal communities from extremely backward areas are targeted. The women, apt to say young girls fall in the trap due to lack of education and financial vulnerability.
Amit Shah questions Soren’s deep sleep
The Bhartiya Janata Party leaders in the state have been raising the issue since the time, Raghubar Das was on the chair. Goda MP Nishikant Dubey too has raised the issue. The 2014 case of national shooter Tara Shahdev also can be cited as an example for the same.
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On Saturday, during a rally in Chaibasa, Union Home Minister Amit Shah kicked off party’s mission 2024 for the general elections. During this, Shah mounted a frontal attack on CM Soren accusing him of “looting his own brothers and sisters” in the tribal heartland ever since coming to power in 2019. Shah categorically pointed out crimes and torture being committed on tribals, especially women by “outsiders”, thus reminding the population as well as the establishment of ‘tribal asmita’.
The question is of intention
The menace is not limited to the state of Jharkhand, rather has spread across the tribal belts of Madhya Pradesh, Chhattisgarh and Odisha. Further, a similar pattern has been reported from Nagaland too. Overtime, Bangladeshi Muslim men travelling to Nagaland have lured and married women from the Sumi Naga tribe, resulting in the emergence of a new tribe called Sumiya. And all this is being done to grab the forest land.
But what is different in Jharkhand from other states is the intention of leaders to control the same. Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan implemented Panchayat Extension Act (PESA) to put a curb. Odisha too has a legislation, whereas in Jharkhand it seems that CM Soren is busy with appeasement politics of a particular community. And for the sake of minority appeasement, the JMM-Congress is backstabbing the same tribals, of whom they claim to be messiah of.
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