Vapi man arrested in MP in Valsad’s first case under anti–love jihad law
Vapi/Vadodara: Police have arrested a 23-year-old resident of Valsad district from Madhya Pradesh under the newly-notified Gujarat Freedom of Religion (Amendment) Act, 2021, which penalises forcible or fraudulent religious conversion through marriage, an official said on Sunday. This is the second case under the so-called anti–love jihad law since it came into effect on June 15.
Meanwhile, the family of Samir Qureshi—the main accused in the first such complaint filed in Vadodara—have fled the city. Along with Samir, his father Abdul Qureshi, relatives Farida Qureshi, Ruksar Qureshi, and associates Altaf Chauhan, Maher and Naushad Shaikh were also named in the complaint.
The accused in the Valsad case, Imran Ansari, allegedly kidnapped a 19-year-old woman from his neighbourhood in Vapi city with the intention of marrying her after forcing her to convert her religion, the official said.
The accused was also booked under Indian Penal Code Sections 366 (kidnapping, abducting or inducing woman to compel her for marriage), 376 (2) (rape), and 506 (2) (criminal intimidation), Vapi town police station’s inspector BJ Sarvaiya said.
The woman’s mother filed a missing person’s complaint on June 10, following which police teams launched a probe and zeroed-in on the accused, Valsad District Superintendent of Police Rajdeepsinh Zala in a press statement.
Through technical surveillance and checking of CCTV footage, it was found the victim was with the man at Indore in Madhya Pradesh.
A team from here, with the help of MP police, managed to bring the woman back to Vapi, Zala said.
“The victim, in her statement to police, said the accused lured her into a relationship and started compelling her to marry him.
The accused also threatened to kill her brother if she failed to comply. The accused is already married, but was still pressuring the victim for marriage and religious conversion,” he added.