‘Love jihad’ bogey: Why BJP sees hate in interfaith marriages

Some time in mid-2017, Reshma VK, a 23-year-old woman from Kasargod, Kerala, studying in Mangalore, eloped with Mohammed Iqbal Chaudhury from Mumbai, with whom she was in a relationship. She later married him of her own volition and settled there.

Reshma initially got acquainted with Iqbal on Facebook. They fell in love over a period of time and began to meet. Having attained the legal age for marriage (18), she decided to get married to Chaudhury and left a note to her parents before leaving home to live with him in Mumbai.

All this was against her parents’ wishes. Her father, a businessman in Kasargod,......