The investigation into a 37-year-old Bengaluru woman’s “love jihad” claim has revealed that she made the allegation against her former live-in partner when she found out that he was about to get married, two years after they broke up, police said Monday.
He was booked under Indian Penal Code charges related to rape, unnatural sex, criminal intimidation and cheating as well as a charge related to attempting illegal conversion under the Karnataka Protection of Right to Freedom of Religion Act.
“There is no ‘love jihad’ angle in this case. So we are dropping the charges but he will face rape, cheating and criminal intimidation charges,” a police officer said.
According to the police, the woman was in a relationship with the man for three years but they broke up in 2021. “Both were colleagues in an IT firm. They were living together between 2018 and 2021. They broke up and Ashraf shifted to Pune for work. However, they were in contact through phone calls but recently she got to know that Ashraf was marrying a girl in his native place… Ashraf admitted he had lived with her but that their relationship had ended over a few issues,” a police officer said. “Also, the woman is five years older than him and we don’t know whether they were committed to marriage.”
The woman posted the allegations of rape and “love jihad” on social media on September 6.