Trinamool Congress MP and Tollywood actress Nusrat Jahan on Monday said love and jihad don't go hand-in-hand and people come up with topics like this just before elections.
It is a personal choice who you want to be with. Be in love and start falling in love with each other. Don't make religion a political tool, said Nusrat in reply to a
the question at a press conference in Kolkata.
The actor-turned-politician is married to businessman Nikhil Jain.
Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath had recently announced that his government will enact a law to curb "love jihad" and forcible religious conversion.
Before this, the Shivraj Singh Chouhan-led BJP government in Madhya Pradesh had said the state would soon have a law against "love jihad". Karnataka has formulated a strict law against "love jihad".
The Home Ministry on February 4 this year clarified that the term "love jihad" is not defined under existing laws and no such case has been reported so far, including by central agencies.
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Two cases from Kerala involving inter-faith marriages have been investigated by the National Investigation Agency, according to the Home Ministry.
The West Bengal assembly election is due next year. With 294 seats, a keen contest awaits the state as BJP is looking to wrest power from Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee's Trinamool Congress. Source: INA