Initially the ban has come into effect in Agra and later it will scatter to other parts of the state, informed one source close to the community. According to sources, the committee is an influential group of vaishyas, called the Akhil Bharitiya Vaishya Ekta Parishad (ABVEP).
Sources informed that ABVEP took the decision of banning school girls and teenagers from using mobiles during a meeting in which Union Minister Kalraj Mishra was also present.
Mobiles and Internet were leading young minds to fall in the 'love jihad' trap
One media report also informed that Sumant Gupta, the national president of ABVEP, criticised Akhilesh Yadav government during the same meeting. The state government was slammed for extending "special privileges to a particular community" while making others feel vulnerable.
During the meeting of the community, it was said that mobiles and Internet were leading young minds to fall in the 'love jihad' trap and that the ban was a precautionary measure.
What is Love Jihad?
The term "love jihad" was coined by Hindu groups for alleged efforts by young Muslims reportedly targeting non-Muslim girls by luring them to marry and later converting them to Islam.
As per a Firstpost report, "Allegation of this kind was first pointed out by some activists in Kerala more than a decade ago and it has surfaced in Uttar Pradesh in the last few years," said Prof Rahul Shukla at Lucknow University.
Recent case of Love Jihad in Uttar Pradesh:
After the much hyped case of national levelshooter Tara Shahdeo in Ranchi, another high profile case love jihad has been reported in UP. The latest victim, whose name has been revealed yet, was allegedly forcibly converted and bound in a farcical 'nikah' besides having been sexually abused. The victim is a minor and she is a national level table tennis player. The 17-year-old victim is also a state level Taekwondoist.