Afrazul’s murder: Law and love jihad

Sharma, Ajita (2020) Afrazul’s murder: Law and love jihad. Jindal Global Law Review, 11 (1). pp. 77-95. ISSN 9752498

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In December 2017, Shambhu Lal Raigher (a Hindu), brutally killed a Muslim labourer named Afrazul Khan in Rajasthan, without any immediate or individualised cause. The reason for the killing is attributed to Raigher’s perception of Muslims as those who get romantically involved with Hindu women to lure them into Islam—what has been called the phenomenon of love jihad. In light of this case, this article discusses how the mythical campaign of love jihad—used as a justifcation for hatred and violence towards Muslim communities—motivates hate crimes. I also discuss how the current legal framework in India deals with hate crimes, as the existing law does not make a distinction between hate crimes and ordinary crimes. The article fags some of the complexities involved in incorporating a hate crimes legislation into the socio-political and legal context of contemporary India.

Item Type: Article
Keywords: Love jihad | Hate crimes | Hate speech | Harms | Othering
Subjects: Social Sciences and humanities > Social Sciences > Law and Legal Studies
JGU School/Centre: Jindal Global Law School
Depositing User: Mr. Syed Anas
Date Deposited: 26 Mar 2022 07:24
Last Modified: 15 Oct 2022 17:17
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Additional Information: The author thanks Pinki Mathur and the editors of this issue for their very useful comments.


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