BJP MLA advocates child marriage of girls to stop ‘love jihad’

Post Date: Monday, May 7, 2018

In a shocking demonstration of regressive politics and a disdain for the autonomy of young girls and their rights, a Madhya Pradesh MLA from the BJP party has spoken in favour of child marriage and denounced the Prohibition of Child Marriage Act, 2016. The full article is enclosed below, and you can read the original Times of India article here.


AGAR MALWA: BJP MLA Gopal Parmar on Saturday called the legal age for marriage (prescribed under the Marriage Act) "a disease" and advocated child marriage to stop the so-called cases of "love jihad".

Addressing a function in Madhya Pradesh's Agar Malwa, Gopal Parmar advised parents, especially mothers, to fix marriages of their daughters early in order to save them from love jihad.

"Earlier, the elders of the family used to fix marriages in the childhood only and those relations used to last longer. Since the 18-year 'disease' (legal age bar for a girl's marriage) has started, many girls have started eloping as the fever of love jihad has gripped," said Parmar.

He said there are shrewd and criminals who pretend to be nice, courteous and target school and coaching class going girls, who usually fall into the trap of "love jihad".

"As the girls reach adolescence, their mind starts wandering. I urge the mothers to remain vigilant of the love jihad," Parmar said.

Later talking to ANI, the MLA justified his views on fixing marriages before 18 years. 

"The government's intention behind the 18-year bar for marriage is different, but children's marriages were fixed earlier (in childhood) in the villages then they (children) would not take wrong decision thinking that 'my marriage has already been fixed'," Parmar said.

He added nowadays if somebody doesn't get married on time then he/she gets diverted and incidents like "love jihad" happen.

When asked how "love jihad" came into this, the BJP MLA said, "It has become evident that some people develop cordial relations with families, show affinity and then exploit women of that family."

"There are some goonda elements in Muslim community who adopt Hindu names to exploit girls in the name of 'love jihad'. If marriages are fixed early then girls can be saved from love jihad," Parmar said.