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Petition filed in Bombay High Court seeking ouster of NCW Chairperson Rekha Sharma

Petition filed in Bombay High Court seeking ouster of NCW Chairperson Rekha Sharma

Mumbai: A writ petition has filed before the Bombay High Court seeking directions to remove Ms. Rekha Sharma from the post of Chairperson of National Commission for Women.

The petition if field by RTI activist Saket Gokhale agitated by a recent tweet of Ms. Sharma, whereby she claims to have met with the Governor of Maharashtra to discuss issues related to women safety and rise in "love jihad" cases.

The petitioner has objected to the last part of the tweet that mentions "love jihad". The petitioner pointed out that the office-bearer has engaged in a "blatantly communal and divisive discourse" which casts aspersions on her ability to act in a non-partisan secular manner.

"The invocation of "rising cases of love jihad" by the Chairperson of NCW when no such cases even exist points to a communal dog whistle policy which is intended to target the Muslim community, vilify inter-faith couples, and create discord in society," he submitted.

The petition pointed out that no such cases have been reported by any central agencies of the Union Ministry of Home Affairs.

"This term is usually used in an informal context to refer to a baseless conspiracy theory that Muslim men are waging "jihad" (holy war) against Hindus by making Hindu girls fall in love with them with the sole intention of converting them to Islam," the petition said.

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TAGS:Rekha Sharma National Commission for Women NCW Love Jihad 
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