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Intersectionality, Identity Politics and Question of Choice in Marriage: “Love Jihad” in India
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of Arts, Centre for Gender Research.
2018 (English)Conference paper, Oral presentation with published abstract (Other academic)
Abstract [en]

Love jihad, a form of religious conversion though inter-faith marriage has entered the public discourse in India in recent years, owing to the activism of Hindu right wing groups to prevent Muslim men marrying Hindu women to promote religious conversion . Though such aspersions remain largely unsubstantiated by reports of law enforcement agencies, the tirade has created a fear psychosis within families, and has raised the issues of the fundamental right of choice of life partners and the influence of  politics on intimate personal space. At the same time, love jihad has become a political weapon in recent national and regional context and has added momentum to the divisive rhetoric on religious conversion. The liberal media and intelligentsia have largely seen the politicization of “Love Jihad” as a project in the politics of belonging.

The present paper uses intersectionality as a methodology for assessing this emerging social phenomenon. It analyses the identity politics that has propelled religion, as a social enterprise, to exercise greater control of intimate relationships and in determining the family response to interfaith love. The paper assesses how cultural ideologies join patriarchal forces to restrict Indian women’s basic right of choice in marriages while serving to shrink the secular place. The public discourse of “Love Jihad” also underscores a failure of the enabling legal provision in the Special Marriage Act, 1954 permitting interfaith marriages in India. The implementation of the Act has been hindered by the operational constraints embedded in the Act, the lack of legal literacy and the lack of community and near absence of family support for such marriages. While Indian women have come a long way in securing equality and freedom in many spheres of life, cultural constraints on their basic right to love and marry out of choice remains, affecting family decisions and intimate relationships

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2018.
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Gender Studies
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Gender Studies
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URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-371942OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-371942DiVA, id: diva2:1274940
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Close Relations: a multi- and interdisciplinary conference on critical family and kinship studies, Uppsala University, October 24-26 2018, Uppsala Sweden
Available from: 2019-01-03 Created: 2019-01-03 Last updated: 2019-09-25Bibliographically approved

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