Love Jihad is a conspiracy theory that originated in India and is promoted by Hindu nationalist groups. The theory claims that Muslim men target Hindu women for conversion to Islam by means such as seduction, feigning love, deception, kidnapping, and marriage, as part of a broader demographic "war" by Muslims against India, and an organized international conspiracy, for domination through demographic growth and replacement. The theory emerged in 2009 in the state of Kerala and has since spread to other parts of India.
There is no evidence to support the Love Jihad conspiracy theory, and it has been widely criticized as Islamophobic and divisive. Muslim leaders have referred to the 2014 rhetoric around the alleged conspiracy as a campaign of hate, and feminists have voiced concerns that efforts to protect women against the alleged activities would negatively impact women's rights, depriving them of free choice and agency.
While some right-wing groups continue to promote the Love Jihad conspiracy theory, government officials and police have denied its validity. The theory has been exposed as a baseless and dangerous conspiracy theory that adds to the hatred against Muslims.
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