Gorakhpur police has registered an FIR against a Muslim man from Karnataka for allegedly kidnapping a 19-year-old woman from the district and forcing her to convert.
The FIR has been lodged under sections 366 (kidnapping, abducting or inducing woman to compel her marriage, etc) and 363 (kidnapping) of the IPC and under the new anti-conversion law in Uttar Pradesh.
The FIR was registered a week after the woman’s father lodged a missing person report when she did not return from college.
Police officers said one Mehboob has been named in the FIR on the basis of the woman’s call records and that they are not sure about the identity of the accused. A number in the call record was traced to Karnataka and a police team from Chiluatal police station in Gorakhpur has now left for there.
On January 5, the woman’s father, a retired Armyman, filed a missing person report, stating that he dropped his daughter at college the day before but she did not return.
A week later, based on the woman’s call detail records, the father alleged that one Mehboob became her friend in 2019 after introducing himself as Hindu and had now kidnapped her. “I am sure that Mehboob can pressure my daughter for conversion…I have also come to know that he took my daughter on the pretext of getting her a job at a company,” the father has alleged in the FIR.
Chiluatal SHO Niraj Kumar Rai said, “The allegation is that a Muslim youth lured his daughter and took her away to pressure her for conversion. The father did not have any information about the accused earlier and a missing person report was filed on January 5.”
“Following that, we checked the call detail record and found a number. On checking caller ID application Truecaller, we found the name Mehboob. The girl’s friends told us that she used to talk to this guy. Her father suspected that he is Muslim and based on that, the allegation of love jihad and forceful conversion has been made,” said Rai.
“At this point, we cannot be sure if Mehboob is the original name of the person. Everything is based on the complaint and things would be clear once the woman is recovered. The location of the number is in Karnataka and a team has been sent there to recover her. The girl is a major and we cannot confirm ‘love jihad’ or if the girl has married or has changed her religion,” he added.
Campiarganj circle officer Rahul Bhati said the police team is expected to reach Karnataka soon.