UP Muslim lands in Jail for meeting Dalit girl

Sonu alias Saquib, aged 18, and a 16-year-old former classmate were said to be on an innocuous outing on 14 December .Before their “outing” was over, the Dalit girl, daughter of a farmer, was sitting in a police station and Sonu was in jail for allegedly trying to convert her under the promise of love.Sonu has been booked for allegedly “inducing” the minor girl to elope with him with the intention to marry and forcefully change her religion, with the FIR purportedly based on a complaint filed by her father, a farmer in Berkheda village in this western UP district. However, the case has sparked controversy because the father of the girl has accused the local police of dictating the complaint to him and “blowing the episode out of proportion”.Apart from the illegal conversion law, police have booked Sonu on charges of abduction and under sections of the Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes (Prevention of Atrocities) Act, and the Protection of Children from Sexual Offences (POCSO) Act.

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Source of information News Report Place of incident Market
Number of victims 1 Identity of victim Muslims
Location of incident Market Was cross FIR filed 0
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Date of incident: December 14, 2020
Nature of Violence
  • Harassment
  • Institutional discrimination
  • Unlawful Detention
  • Causal factors
  • Allegation of religious conversion
  • Name of the victim : Sonu alias Saquib
    Name of Perpetrator
    State Uttar Pradesh
    District/City Bijnor
    Party In Power / Incidents BJP - Bharatiya Janata Party
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