KERALA, INDIA, September 4, 2012 (India Today): The debate over love jihad is back again following a spate of recent incidents. On June 25, Kerala Chief Minister Oommen Chandy informed the state legislature that 2,667 young women were converted to Islam in the state since 2006.
Chandy gave the figures related to conversions in the state legislature as a written answer to an unstarred question raised by K. K. Latika, a CPI(M) legislator. According to the Chief Minister a total number of 7,713 persons were converted to Islam during 2006-2012 as against 2,803 conversions to Hinduism. Interestingly he said no statistic was available as to the number converted to Christianity during the period. Among those converted to Islam during 2009-12, as many as 2,667 were young women of which 2,195 were Hindus and 492 were Christians. As against this number of young women converted during 2009-12 to Christianity and Hinduism were 79 and two respectively.
Hindu and Christian groups are repeating their long-standing demand for a thorough investigation into the phenomenon of "love jihad" in which Muslim youths lure young women from other communities to convert to Islam feigning love.