The Delhi Police on Sunday registered three cases regarding the violence at the Jawaharlal Nehru University on April 27 over the screening of a film about ‘love jihad’, The Indian Express reported.
“Love jihad” is a term frequently used by Hindutva organisations to allege a conspiracy by Muslim men to marry women from other religions solely to convert them to Islam.
The Vivekanand Vichar Manch and Global Indian Foundation had organised the screening of the film, In the Name of Love - Melancholy of God’s Own Country, on the campus. Members of the Jawaharlal Nehru University Students Union and Gender Sensitisation Committee Against Sexual Harassment disrupted the screening, claiming that the organisers were promoting hate via the film. The film portrayed alleged “love jihad” and religious conversions in Kerala.
Clashes ensued between the protesters and members of the Akhil Bharatiya Vishwa Parishad, the student wing of the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh.
Deputy Commissioner of Police (Southwest) Milind Mahadeo Dumbere told The Indian Express that a complaint each by the Jawaharlal Nehru University Students’ Union president Mohit Pandey, a woman student who was allegedly molested during the clashes, and a security guard have been registered as first information reports. The security guard, Yogesh Kumar, alleged that Pandey ran his car over his leg, Hindustan Times reported.
The police said they had received 13 complaints after the screening and registered the cases after analysing each of the complaints.