'Love Jihad' Tests India’s Diversity
India’s Kerala state is both highly developed and religiously diverse. Yet the Hindu nationalist “Love Jihad” conspiracy has found an unlikely foothold there, aided by the church, and pitting two religious minorities against each other.
The ‘Love Jihad’ Conspiracy Theory
Hindu extremists are spreading beliefs about a “love jihad” – an alleged plan in which hyper-masculine Muslim men seduce gullible Hindu women into converting to Islam. Indian politicians have vowed to fight the “menace”, despite the lack of evidence that the “love jihad” actually exists.