Organiser, An RSS Affiliate, Denies Role

Jaipur: Two booklets compiled by VHP and Bajrang Dal have been peddling anti-Muslim content at a spiritual fair organised here by an RSS affiliate. One of them, a manual being sold by VHP for Rs 5 each, advises use of words like “terrorists”, “anti-nationals”, “pro-Pakistanis”, “womanisers”, and “smugglers” to describe Muslims to women in Hindu households, pitching it as a campaign against ‘love jihad’.

The second, a pamphlet VHP and Bajrang Dal activists are distributing for free, features a morphed photograph of actor Kareena Kapoor, in a niqab, and sporting a bindi. The pamphlet says Muslims have been using ‘love jihad’ to “convert Hindus for the last thousand years” and cites actors Aamir Khan and Saif Ali Khan as “examples… as they have deserted their Hindu wives to entrap other Hindu women”. The booklets were being distributed at a five-day ‘spiritual’ fair organised by Hindu Spiritual and Service Foundation that began on Thursday. The organisers have denied the material was being distributed.

“This is a spiritual fair; we are not distributing literature on love jihad,” HSSF co-secretary Rajendra Singh Shekhawat said. Titled ‘Jihad and love jihad… Hindu girls beware’, the 16-page VHP manual recommends parents monitor daughters’ activities, scan their phones and warn them if a Muslim boy meets them at home. It also has a purported ‘love jihad rate card’ listing sums a Muslim man “stands to earn” for “luring and converting girls of various communities and regions”.