No ‘Love Jihad’ if BJP leader Ram Lal’s niece “Shriya weds Faizan”

LUCKNOW: On Sunday evening, a high-profile interfaith wedding took place at Taj Vivanta hotel in Lucknow, the capital of northern India’s Uttar Pradesh state.

However, this pool side wedding of Hindu bride with a Muslim groom does not invite the anger of right-wing organisations and there was no attack on the couple from the right-wing brigade.

According to media reports, Shreya Gupta, niece of BJP’s National General Secretary (Organization) Ramlal Gupta tied the knot with Faizan Kareem.

The wedding was attended by senior leaders of Bharatiya Janata Party including Governor Ram Naik, Union Minorities Welfare Minister Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi, Deputy CM Keshav Prasad Maurya and functionaries to poured their blessings to the couple.

Faizan is the son of Dr Wijahat Kareem and Congress leader Dr. Surheeta Chatterji Kareem.

As the news of BJP leader’s niece tying knots with a Muslim youth of Gorakhpur broke out, people no time to brought-in the controversial issue of love-jihad and give their opinion.

“Where is love jihad brigade now, the RSS outfits had recently attacked a couple in Agra,” said a journalist while reacting to this interfaith wedding.

“A wedding is a private matter and I can’t say much but one cannot overlook the hypocrisy of the politicians,” he added. “I hope that people who get provoked by this love jihad bogey are able to see through hypocrisy of the political class,” he said.

“It looks like what is good for the goose is not good for the gander. A Muslim friend married a Hindu girl in Lucknow only to be hounded by the police and rightwing elements for months on end. The cops would not just raid his house every few days in the middle of the night, they would conduct similar unauthorised searches in the homes of his friends and relatives,” recalled Indian expat Mohsin, 45.

“The couple lived in fear. The girl was 24 years old at the time of her marriage but her parents lodged a police complaint saying she was a minor. The police knew she wasn’t and would refuse to listen or reason with us,” he said.