Shraddha murder: Will strengthen law against ‘love jihad’ if needed, says Shivraj Singh Chouhan

After the Uniform Civil Code, now Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan said that the state will have a fresh law against ‘love jihad’ if need be in the wake of the Shraddha murder case.

New Delhi,UPDATED: Dec 5, 2022 08:26 IST

File photo of Madhya Pradesh CM Shivraj Chouhan. (Photo: Twitter/@ChouhanShivraj)

By India Today Web Desk: Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan on Sunday said that the state will have a fresh law against “love jihad” if required, citing the grisly murder of Shraddha Walkar by her boyfriend Aftaab Poonawala in Delhi that has shocked the nation.

Speaking at an event meant to mark the martyrdom anniversary of tribal icon Tantiya Bhil, the Madhya Pradesh CM said the state will not allow anyone to “delude its daughters and chop them up into 35 pieces.”

He said the law against “love jihad” would be made stronger in order to curb the incidents wherein men marry tribal women with the motive of grabbing their land.

“This is not love. This is jihad in the name of love. I won’t allow this game of love jihad on the soil of Madhya Pradesh at any cost,” Shivraj Singh Chouhan said.

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Earlier, the Madhya Pradesh CM had said that a committee will be formed to implement the Uniform Civil Code in the state. Making the announcement, CM Shivraj Singh Chouhan added, “Now a uniform civil code should be implemented in India.”

At a rally in Badwani, he said, “Time has come for the implementation of the Uniform Civil Code. In Madhya Pradesh I am forming a committee (to implement UCC). Only one marriage for everyone.”

The Uniform Civil Code, which comes under Article 44 of the Constitution of India, proposes to introduce personal laws that would apply to all citizens equally, irrespective of their religion, gender, caste, etc.

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