India's 'Love Jihad' law: The BJP's latest weapon against Muslims

“My life is at ground zero. I have suffered for so long,” laments 30-year-old Muhammed Reyaz, a Muslim from the south Indian state of Kerala. On 8 November 2017, a news report on Asianet News, one of the most popular television channels in Kerala, reported a case filed in the southern state’s High Court accusing Reyaz of forcefully converting a Hindu woman to Islam and conspiring to traffic her to the Islamic State (IS) in Syria. He was charged under India’s stringent anti-terrorism law, the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act. Reyaz and Akshara Bose – a Hindu – had fallen in love in 2014 whi…

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