Interfaith Couples Harassed in Kerala

Images of the Notices of Intended Marriage of 13 interfaith couples, who got married or whose marriages were yet to be registered under the Special Marriage Act in Kerala were leaked by right-wing groups. All 13 couples consisted of a Muslim groom and a Hindu bride. This made them a target of a Facebook group called ‘Kavipada’ (saffron army) where the marriage notices were first leaked. Soon after, the images were widely circulated on Whatsapp groups. As per the Special Marriage Act, the notice of intended marriage is put up on the notice boards of the registration offices for 30 days. After one month, the marriage is formalised by the marriage officer. The notices of intended marriage are also uploaded on Kerala Registration website’s page. Officials found a loophole in the existing system few months ago wherein, full details, which including demographic data is made public on the website. This loophole was exploited by right-wing groups.

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Source of information News Report Place of incident Other :Social Media
Number of victims 13 Identity of victim Hindu
Number of victims 26 Identity of victim Muslims
Location of incident Other Was cross FIR filed 0
perpetrator Organizational Right Wing Hindutva Details of the FIR

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Date of incident: July 15, 2020
Nature of Violence
  • Harassment
  • Causal factors
  • Inter-religious marriage / elopement / affair
  • Name of the victim : Real names not disclosed
    Name of Perpetrator 13
    State Kerala
    District/City Calicut/Kozhikode
    Party In Power / Incidents CPI (M) - Communist Party of India (Marxist)
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