Poster campaign against ‘Love Jihad’
THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: The State police intelligence is probing the presence of the Shri Ram Sena in the district following a poster campaign launched by the organisation in Thiruvananthapuram.
In the name of the Shri Ram Sena, a poster campaign had been launched in front of the women’s colleges of the district on Friday urging the Hindu girls to be vigilant against the “Love Jihad”. The posters appeared in front of the Government Women’s College at Vazhuthacaud and also the NSS College For Women at Perunthanni near West Fort.
The posters warn Hindu girls that, “Don’t fall prey to the campaign by the Islamic organisation “Love Jihad”. The organisation is indulged in wooing girls in the name of love and then converting them to Islam. Hindu girls should be aware of the Islam’s trap in the disguise of love. Moral war (dharmayudham) against Jihad.”
The posters sprang a big surprise for the state intelligence officials as they have not received any information about the presence of the organisation, which is popularly known as “Hindu Taliban”, in the district so far.
“The intelligence wing is yet to trace any source of the organisation here. The chances of any other group publishing the posters in the name of Shri Ram Sena also cannot be ruled out. However, we are not taking it lightly and are probing the incident following the presence of the posters in the city,” K Padmakumar, IG, Intelligence, told Express.
The Shri Ram Sena is a right-wing Hindu group founded by Pramod Muthalik, a former member of the RSS, Bajrang Dal and the Shiv Sena. The outfit is rated as a Hindu fundamentalist organisation in the country indulging in violence in many cities.
The group gained notoriety by attacking girls in a pub in Mangalore. A group of 40 activists of the Sena barged into a pub and beat up a group of young women and men, claiming the women were violating the traditional Indian values. The role of the outfit was also suspected behind the abduction of C H Kunhambu’s (MLA) daughter in Kasargod last February.