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The Minister in Bihar writes to the authorities to take action against those involved in forced conversions

The Minister in Bihar writes to the authorities to take action against those involved in forced conversions

Bihar mines and geology minister Janak Ram has written to the district authorities in Gopalganj and Jamui about the alleged forced marriage and conversion of two girls from the Scheduled Castes to Islam. 

Police in both districts lodged cases over these incidents. Police said the girl is now with her family.

In a letter to the Gopalganj DM and SP on June 4, BJP minister Janak Ram wrote that one Yogendra Ram had complained to Kuchaikot police about his daughter being “kidnapped” by one Shahid Khan of Khajuri village “in connivance” of relatives Shaba Parbeen and Khushboo Khatoon. 

“This would provoke instances of atrocities against Dalit families and a sense of insecurity would increase,” the minister added.

Kuchaikot police station in-charge Ashwini Tiwari tried to tone down the incident and said, “The girl is not a minor and she told us that she had gone with the Muslim man willingly. It looks to be a matter of love affair. We will record the girl’s statement under 164 of CrPC. We are investigating the matter further.”

In another letter to the Jamui DM and SP on the same day, the minister wrote that Rambalak Ravidas of Dinanagar village had filed an FIR at Chandradip police station about his minor daughter, who was allegedly “kidnapped and was forced to marry after religious conversion”. 

“The complainant also complained to the police about being threatened. We learnt that police, rather than taking action against the accused, have been harassing people of the Dalit village,” wrote the minister, demanding an FIR and action.

Jamui SP Pramod Kumar Mandal said, “Even though the girl has an Aadhaar card showing her age as 15 years, her medical examination shows she is 18. We also found that she was already married and was not happy with the marriage. She had gone with the Muslim man a fortnight ago willingly and has also recorded her statement under 164 of CrPC.”