No case of forced conversion reported in Himachal

North Gazette News/Shimla
Himachal Police on Sunday claimed that no case of forced conversion had been reported from the state and revealed the details of inter-religion marriages in the state.

In a statement issued here, Additional Director General of Police (Law and Order) Sanjay Kundu said that there was no case of forcible conversion reported from the state.

“However, there are cases of inter-religion marriages in the state and five such cases from both the communities have been reported in the state where parents have filed a case of kidnapping,” Kundu said.

He said that there were only two instances, where the girls had alleged that they were forcibly kidnapped by the accused and refused to marry the accused.

“In one such case, a 17-year-old girl from Jogindernagar in Mandi was allegedly kidnapped by another community youth who belongs to Jammu Kashmir and that he wanted to marry her against her wishes. Police teams have rescued the girl from Rajasthan while a hunt is on to nab the accused,” Sanjay Kundu said.

He said that in another case, a minor girl from Kangra district was allegedly kidnapped by a Patiala resident. “The girl has been rescued while accused has been arrested and the case is now pending in court,” he said.

He said that in other cases, both the girl and boy had decided to marry each other and the kidnapping cases had been withdrawn on the consent of both boy and girl.

He added that in case of anti national slogans being written on the walls of ESIC Medical College building, situated at Nerchowk in Mandi district. “Investigations revealed that “Pakistan Jindabad” and some abusive words were found scribbled on the wall. During the course of investigation, about 80 laborers have been interrogated so far and forensic evidence has been lifted,” Kundu said, adding that further investigation in the case was on.

He added that 55 laborers from West Bengal who were working as garbage collectors with Municipal Committee, Mandi had left the district about 15 days ago as per the report of contractor due to non-payment.