VHP, Bajrang Dal withdraw love jihad manual from Hindu fair

JAIPUR: Vishwa Hindu Parishad (VHP) and Bajrang Dal on Sunday withdrew their controversial booklets on love jihad from their stall at the ongoing ‘Hindu Spiritual and Service Fair’, claiming they were only meant for ‘organisational use’.

A day after TOI reporter bought the manual for Rs 5 and gathered the controversial pamphlets, VHP volunteers claimed the booklets, which peddled anti-Muslim content, were never sold. “We did not sell the booklet to anybody. They might have been unknowingly handed over to a few people by the volunteers of the Durga Vahini, who were also at the stalls,” said Naveen, a Bajrang Dal activist.

Vitthal Pareekh, Jaipur head of VHP, said he has no such information about booklets being sold. “We have never sold any such booklet and I was not present here on Saturday,” he said.
Timesheadline.com on Sunday had reported how a manual, distributed by VHP, advises the use of words like “terrorists”, “antinationals”, “pro-Pakistanis”, “womanisers” and “smugglers” to describe Muslims to women in a Hindu household, pitching it as a campaign against ‘love jihad’.

The second, a pamphlet VHP and Bajrang Dal members distributed for free, featured a morphed photograph of Bollywood actor Kareena Kapoor, with half her face covered by a niqab, and a bindi on her forehead.

The Jaipur police, on Sunday evening, took cognizance of distribution of controversial manuals by the VHP and said they will look into it. “We have set-up a team, which will be headed by an additional DCP (ADCP). We will not tolerate such activities,” said deputy commissioner of police (Jaipur-South) Yogesh Dadhich.

 

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