Against her parents wishes, ex-Muslim Anchal Sharma (formerly Amina Yousuf) converted to Hinduism and married a Hindu man, Rajneesh Sharma. So, rather than be happy their daughter found love and marriage, they had the police grab Rajneesh, who was subsequently tortured and died in their custody.
”My husband was kidnapped and killed in the custody on October 5 by the police on the directions of my parents only because he was a Hindu and had married a Muslim girl,’’
I suppose her parents must be happy now they have a daughter whose a young widow. And for what? Simply because they did not like his religion? What angers Anchal most is that this occurred in October, and yet no-one has yet been charged. She wants justice, though her demands are not great.
Blaming the Jammu and Kashmir Government for not taking action against the culprits behind Rajneesh Sharma’s killing, his widow Anchal Sharma today said the Chief Minister Omar Abdullah should also ‘divorce’ his wife for marrying inter-faith.
Star-crossed lovers have been written about for centuries, Shakespeare’s “Romeo and Juliet” , the musical “Westside Story”, but to actually witness that in true modern day life is tragic. In this case, all because of religion. She also stated that if Muslims and Hindus can not live together, they should be separated.
”No body from Jammu should visit Kashmir and no Kashmiri should be allowed to visit Jammu and both the regions should be separated if the people here, live with hatred for each other.”
How sad that people cannot live in harmony, and that some must suffer for that.
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