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Tempers High In Cold Desert Over Interfaith Marriage


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LBA Shoots Letter To LG, Allege Girl Forcibly Married; Converted

Srinagar- Tension is brewing once again in Zanskar area of Kargil district after a Buddhist girl converted to Islam and married a Muslim man from Kargil.

According to reports, dozens of Buddhists on Wednesday in Zanskar came on roads and held a protest march against the alleged conversation.

On 01 December, the Ladakh Buddhist Association wrote to LG Ladakh Radha Krishna Mathur alleging that a Muslim youth from Padum Zanskar has what they call 'forcibly' married to a Buddhist girl.

The Association has demanded that the girl should be recovered and handed back to the family otherwise there are apprehensions of communal disturbances in the region.

The people has threatened to create a stir in the region in case alleged conversion of a Buddhist girl to Muslim was not be stopped.

The people were demanding that the girl should be“recovered” and handed back to the family otherwise there are apprehensions of communal disturbances in the region.

This is not the first time that the tension between the two communities have erupted, in 2012, the authorities had to impose curfew for several weeks after some Buddhist families living in Padum area converted to Islam. Buddhist leaders objected to the conversion and asked Muslim leaders not to accept these families.

The Ladakh Buddhist Association has alleged that the sole motive of interfaith marriage is forceful conversion. It said that inter-community forceful conversion through 'allured' marriages in

The Association has claimed that communal riots are bound to happen in the region if administration fails to recover the girl.

However, the council of the couple Advocate Ismail told Kashmir Observer that the girl has willing accepted Islam and married on her won wishes with the Muslim man.

On 26 November , the High Court of Jammu and Kashmir and Ladakh ordered protection to the couple after they had apprehension of harassment.

The couple, according to the court order, had entered into the marriage out of their“own free will and consent”.

“The statement has been recorded before the judicial register of this court in front of their council,” the order reads.

The court directed police to provide security cover to the couple and act in strict accordance with law laid down by the Supreme Court

The court noted that both“petitioners” are“major” and marriage has been solemnized in strict accordance with prevalent laws.

“If there is any case/FIR against any of the petitioner(s), police may go ahead with the investigation under rules and take it to its logical conclusion,” the order reads.

The court further noted that“disposal of instant writ petition will not validate or confirm petitioners' marriage or their age/majority, which, however, is subject to fulfilment of requirements as envisaged under prevalent laws,” it reads.

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