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Raksha Bandhan Celebrations with the soldiers of Indian Army at Pioneer Montessori Inter College

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Lucknow : Pioneer Montessori Inter College, Eldeco branch today celebrated Raksha Bandhan with the soldiers of the Indian Army in an event organized by the Veerta and Balidan organization headed by Mr. Soumitra Tripathi. This organization has been conducting Raksha Bandhan Celebrations for the Indian Army soldiers since 5 years. It is one of the most awaited event of the year when the students tie rakhis to the soldiers and show respect, love and gratitude for their courage and valour.


The Chief Guest for the event Mr. Mohsin Raza (Minister of Science and Technology U.P.) addressed the gathering of the soldiers and students. He motivated the students and shared with them the modern innovative facilities which are being provided by the government as per the Digital India Movement. The special guest for the event Brigadier Rahul Gupta and Mr. Pawan Singh,
Chairman of S.R. Group was also present for the event. The manager of Pioneer Montessori Schools, Mr. Brijendra Singh also shared his thoughts on the selfless love and the bond between brother and sister. He said that the rakhis are not only for the protection of the girls but also to protect the brothers and it is like a raksha-sutra for the safety of the brothers.

Inspector Arun Kumar who was present with more than 30 soldiers of SSB under him, felt very grateful and said that it was a matter of great pride and joy for him to be a part of such a celebration and that it is the most awaited day of the year for the soldiers. The students presented various cultural programmes for the soldiers and the girls tied rakhis to the guests and the soldiers. The soldiers also presented songs for the students, which filled the atmosphere with high energy. The SSB soldiers band played to all the tunes.

All the guests and army personnel were presented with mementos and bouquets as a token of appreciation by the Principal of the school Mrs. Sharmila Singh. Shri Raghvendra Rai ji, Shri Manish Singh ji, Ms. Shweta Srivastava ji, along with founder Shri. Saumitra Tripathi ji were present and representing the team of Veerta and Balidan Organisation.

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After increment of Love Jihad cases,Yogi govt may bring religious conversion ordinance:Report

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Against the backdrop of a large number of religious conversions linked to ‘love jihad’ in the state, the UP government is likely to promulgate an ordinance against forced religious conversions.

“It is under the process and Acts and laws of other states are being studied and discussed before UP has its own law against religious conversions,” Times of India quoted a senior official privy to the development.

The action to curb religious conversions can be attributed to the recent cases of love jihads reported from across the state, particularly from Kanpur, where girls are being converted under the pretext of marriage. The issue was recently raised by RSS chief Mohan Bhagwat during his two-day visit to state-capital Lucknow.

As of now, eight states have anti-conversion laws, namely, Arunachal Pradesh, Odisha, Madhya Pradesh, Chhattisgarh, Jharkhand, Uttarakhand and Himachal Pradesh. The law was first enacted by Odisha in 1967, followed by Madhya Pradesh in 1968. According to a law department official, Uttar Pradesh could be the ninth one in the list of states with an anti-conversion law.

The law against religious conversions serves to prevent people from converting others, either by ‘allurements’, ‘force’ or ‘fraudulent’ means. The UP’s law would be similar in nature to the laws enacted by other states, making religious conversions arduous and complex, the source revealed.

Earlier this week, the Kanpur Police had formed an eight-member Special Investigation Team(SIT) to investigate the rising number of forced conversions done on the pretext of marriage. As many as 11 cases of ‘love jihad’ had come to light from the same district in the past one month.

While cases of love jihad have been reported across the state, Uttar Pradesh’s Kanpur has been emerging as the epicenter of ‘organised love jihad’ cases. There have been several cases of forced conversions of women on the pretext of marriage reported from the city that it has fueled suspicions about a new model of entrapping Hindu women gaining a foothold in the city.

Following the much-publicized Shalini Yadav case, another case of ‘love jihad’ had come to the fore. A Hindu family had lodged a complaint at the local police station in Govind Nagar, Kanpur, accusing a Muslim youth named Asif Shah alias Nafiz of brainwashing their daughter with the help of occult practices, physically abusing her, threatening and intimidating her to convert into Islam and marry her.

Similarly, one more ‘love jihad’ case was reported recently, where a 14-year-old Hindu girl was allegedly trapped by a Muslin youth pretending to be Hindu. The incident was reported in Kanpur’s Gopal Nagar. The victim’s family, with the help of Bajrang Dal State Secretary Ramji Tiwari, approached the police on Monday with a complaint and sought action against the accused- Fateh Khan alias Aryan Mehrotra.

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