Mumbai: The UP Police detained a man for reportedly eloping with a Dalit woman and converting her to Islam. According to reports, the woman eloped with the accused while still married to another guy, carrying $55,000 and jewelry with her.
According to India Today, the man, who is a Muslim, allegedly befriended a Dalit woman on Facebook, eloped with her to marry, and converted her to Islam.
The culprit, along with five others, was arrested and charged under sections 504 and 506 of the IPC, the SC/ST Act, and pertinent provisions of Uttar Pradesh’s anti-conversion statute, according to IT, citing the Deputy Police Superintendent of Siddharthnagar.
According to the report, victim Lakshmi, who met the accused on Facebook four years ago, went missing from her house on the night of May 31 after marrying another man. The woman also carried Rs 55,000 in cash and gold jewelry with her.
When the event was reported to the police, it was discovered that the woman had been in communication with a youth named Sazaullah, a resident of the district’s Siswan hamlet, on Facebook and had taken her to Mumbai.
The couple then converted to Islam and changed her name from Lakshmi to Muskaan. Sazaullah then married ‘Muskaan’ in a nikah ceremony.
While it is yet not clear if Sazaullah forced Lakshmi for religious conversion, however, woman’s relative told police that Lakshmi had contacted her uncle, who lives in Kalyan, from Nashik before she was taken to Mumbai.
She allegedly told her uncle that she was taken to Mumbai forcibly and wanted to leave. After that, her phone was switched off.