Twist and turn continues in Meerut love jihad case; BJP offered Rs 25,000 to kin of girl

Meeruth gangrape victim
New Delhi, Oct 15: It seems love jihad controversy is getting murkier day by day. Days after victim of Meerut gang rape case retracted her earlier statement, a new revelation has come to the light. According to reports, the woman has now said that her family was offered money by BJP. A cash of Rupees 25, 000 was offered to the family by BJP functionary Vineet Agarwal, only a few days after the alleged incident occurred.

"Hindu outfits helped us with money because our financial condition was weak. This matter should not be politicized", the girl's father said with the request that the issue must not be seen with political lens.

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On asking about the report, Vineet Agarwal has accepted that he had gave them money but that was not because of some political motive. He assertively said that even the girl would have belonged to some other communities, his gesture remained same.

"When the case came to light, I went to the girl's house. Because her family was poor, I helped them monetarily on humanitarian grounds," he said. "My help should not be linked with politics. Had she been of any other religion, I would have helped just the same". He said as quoted by Times of India.

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Earlier, on Tuesday, a case of assault and threatening to murder was registered against the parents of the 22-year-old girl who was at the centre of the 'love jihad' controversy and has gone back on her statement that she was gang-raped and forcibly converted. Two days after the girl claimed that there is a threat to her life from her parents, police registered a case under section 506 (criminal intimidation) of the Indian Penal Code against them, SSP Meerut Omkar Singh said.

Only a day before, the victim has retracted from her earlier statement and said she was neither gang raped nor was she forced to convert. The victim even confessed that she had eloped with her Muslim boyfriend.

OneIndia News

(With inputs from PTI)

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