Film Screening On ‘Love Jihad’ Disrupted At JNU, Triggers Storm


New Delhi: The screening of a film on the contentious issue of ‘love jihad’ at Jawaharlal Nehru University here was disrupted by a few student groups, which alleged that a hate campaign was being propagated in its guise. The incident had taken place last night.

The screening of the film “In the Name of Love-Melancholy of God’s Own Country” was organised by the Global Indian Foundation and the Vivekanand Vichar Manch of JNU.

Members of the Jawaharlal Nehru University Students Union and the Gender Sensitisation Committee Against Sexual Harassment had disrupted the film’s screening, alleging a hate campaign was being propagated in its guise. Minor scuffles had also erupted between the protesters and ABVP members.

The Delhi Police said it received 13 complaints from both the sides and was probing the incident. “We have received 13 complaints and are deliberating the ones that are actionable,” said a senior police officer. The complainants have made serious allegations, which were being probed, he said. The JNUSU said it would take out a march on the campus tonight to protest the violence.

The ABVP will also take out a march titled “Save JNU from Left Lumpens” around the same time. According to the organisers, the film, directed by Sudipto Sen, focussed on the issue of ‘love jihad’ and religious conversion of girls in Kerala. The JNUSU alleged that ABVP members attacked its former president Mohit Kumar Pandey.