Rajasthan: India arrest over ‘love jihad’ killing viral video

Rajasthan: India arrest over 'love jihad' killing viral video


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The suspect is seen in the video justifying the incident to “protect the honour of Hindus against Muslims”

Police in the northern state of Rajasthan have arrested a man who allegedly hacked a man to death, set the body on fire and made a video of the incident. The video has gone viral.

In another video, the man is seen justifying the incident to “protect the honour of Hindus against Muslims”.

Rajasthan police told BBC Hindi’s Dilnawaz Pasha that they had arrested a suspect identified as Shambu Lal.

Police have appealed to both communities to stop sharing the video.

Internet services have been suspended in some parts of the state and police have been deployed in large numbers to keep peace.

It’s not clear when the incident happened.

In the video, Mr Lal warns Muslims saying, “this is what will happen to you if you do ‘love jihad’ in our country.”

The term has been popularised by radical Hindu fringe groups, who accuse Muslim men of participating in a “conspiracy to turn Hindu women from their religion by seducing them”.

Senior police official Anand Srivastava told BBC Hindi that the man had shared several “hateful” videos on social media.

He added that the accused and victim did not know each other and had no history of animosity.

The victim, Mohammad Afrazul, who worked in the Rajasthani city of Udaipur, had been living there for more than 10 years.

“We have found that nobody from Shambu Lal’s family had an inter-religious marriage. He has used inflammatory statements in these videos. To avoid any violence, we have been organising meetings between the two communities,” Mr Srivastava added.


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