In the Nikita Tomar murder case, the protest is not being calm. On Sunday, police arrested several people in Ballabhgarh, Haryana. A Mahapanchayat was convened in Ballabhgarh by about 36 communities, in which crowds of hundreds of people arrived and blocked the national highway. During the protest, people started raging and threw stones, near which the police had to run sticks and detained many people.
What is the whole matter?
In Ballabhgarh, Faridabad, adjoining the capital New Delhi, an unsuccessful attempt is made to kidnap a girl, after which she is shot and killed. The girl’s name was Nikita Tomar.
Nikita was leaving the school after her examination, after which 2 people try to kidnap her. An accused shoots him as Nikita continues to protest. Nikita dies on the spot after being shot. After the incident, the accused absconds from his car. The entire case was captured in a nearby CCTV. The police have arrested both the accused, Tausif and Rehan and are now on police remand.
Was already known
After CCTV video footage went viral on social media, the voices of Nikita’s justice grew louder. The case progressed and it was revealed that Nikita and the accused already knew each other.
Nikita knew Tausif, both of them studied together at Rawat International School in Faridabad. It is being said that Nikita’s family accused Tausif of kidnapping Nikita in 2018, but later withdrew the complaint. There was an agreement between the two families that Tausif would never bother Nikita, but Tausif’s actions did not stop. He continued to harass Nikita, which led to his mother was going to college with Nikita. But gradually, Nikita’s mother stopped going to the college to drop her daughter back after feeling that Tausif will no longer taunt Nikita.
After the arrest, Tausif confesses his crime and says that he loved Nikita, but Nikita stopped picking up his phone. Because of which he decided to teach Nikita a lesson.
Love jihad angle
Justice is being sought for Nikita by linking the whole affair to Love Jihad. Many people are demanding a concrete law for love jihad. Nikita’s family members have also alleged that Tausif and his family were pressurizing Nikita to convert to Islam and become a Muslim.
Such cases are very much seen in India, in which the boy is associated with a particular religious community and the case is spread in the form of love jihad. It is not new to give an angle of love jihad on such matters on social media, but the matter is being raised prominently in the panchayats of the village and from Nikita’s family.
Right-wing organizations and thinkers of the country target the relationship of Muslim youths and Hindu girls under the name of Love Jihad. However, no definition of love jihad has been set in the current law of India. The central government officially keeps itself separate from the ‘right-wing organizations claim’ of love jihad.
Haryana Home Minister Anil Vij has said that this matter needs to be investigated from the angle of ‘Love Jihad’ as well. The SIT will also investigate the old FIR made by Nikita’s families in 2018 to investigate the matter.