A tainted politician, Nusrat Jahan demonstrates why Love Jihad laws
are all the more essential, not only in India but in every country where
both men and women are at risk of being conned by the likes of this
February 6, 2012, Suzette Jordan, a Christian woman from an Anglo-Indian
family, was raped by five men in a moving car on bustling Park Street.
At that time, the TMC had not yet come out as the Muslim-pandering
party it is known to be today, but the party matriarch Mamata Banerjee’s
mishandling of the infamous case, including her victim-shaming,
transferral of the top police officer who was working on the case, and
claim that the widely-debated crime was a minor incident left many
people stunned. Four of the five perpetrators were Muslims, including
the prime accused, Kader Khan. Khan was dating the newly introduced
actress Nusrat Jahan, also a Muslim, and the two were in contact even
when Khan was at large. Khan was detained by the West Bengal Police in
2015 in a Noida hideout. Police also learned that Jahan had booked a
hotel room in Mumbai for the two.
Khan and Jahan have since broken up. By 2019, Nusrat Jahan had
established herself as an influential Bengali film actress, while the
TMC was recognized as the most blatant Muslim-appeasing party in the
country. So when the TMC introduced this actress as the parliamentary
candidate for the Bashirhat constituency, no one was surprised.
Bashirhat is a Muslim-dominant constituency. Track record,
reputation, or fitness for office are not important. The Muslim identity
is enough to gain votes. Nusrat Jahan won the seat effortlessly and was
set to enter the temple of the world’s largest democracy, the Indian
Parliament, which represents a population of 1.3 billion people. But the
newly-elected parliamentarian was absent from the parliament for the
The reason? Nusrat Jahan was busy with her extravagant wedding in
Turkey where she, surrounded by her friends and family members, she tied
the knot with Hindu tycoon Nikhil Jain, and the Internet was awash with
incessant updates about the high profile “marriage,” or so we thought.
Upon her return from the marriage junket, the first-time
parliamentarian set foot on the floor of the Indian parliament draped in
a saree, sporting vermillion in her hair-partition, mangalsutra (a gold
chain with black beads), choodah (red and white bangles) and
henna-painted hands (all extremely revered matrimonial emblems of the
Hindu culture) and took her oath as Nusrat Jahan Ruhi Jain.
The elected representative went on the Parliament’s records with her
marital status as “married,” and her spouse’s name as Nikhil Jain.
This marriage was celebrated by the liberal lobby, and riding on this
adulation, Jahan criticised the anti-Love Jihad laws that had been
proposed by the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) to stop the increasing
instances in which Muslim men, masquerading as Hindus, deceived Hindu
women into romantic involvements that often culminated in murders, rapes
or other acts of violence. Calling the BJP “poison,” Jahan said at a
2020 press conference that she practiced “secular love” and slammed the
central government for introducing a law regarding it.
With the passage of time, this “marriage” hit the rocks. There were
rumours that the actress-cum-parliamentarian was seeing a different
actor. Soon there surfaced news of her alleged pregnancy. Responding to
this news, Nikhil Jain spell out that he had not lived with his “wife”
for months. There is nothing uncommon about couples falling out of love,
finding love elsewhere and moving on. India is progressive enough to
acknowledge that, and there are divorce laws to liberate people from bad
marriages. So would the parliamentarian divorce her “husband”?
The question was common. And then the honourable people’s
representative dropped the bomb. She said she had never been married to
Nikhil Jain. It was just a “live-in” arrangement. “Interfaith marriage
in India requires validation under the Special Marriage Act, which never
happened. As the marriage was not legal, valid and tenable, there is no
question of divorce,” Nusrat Jahan clarified.
The parliamentarian, who less than a year before had spoken up for
“secular love,” condemning the regulating of it by “laws,” was reaching
for “interfaith marriage laws” that “validate” a “marriage.” Now had
this been any random pretty actress, we wouldn’t have been concerned.
The reason why this has become a high-voltage drama in India was that
this was an elected parliamentarian who was making self-contradictory
statements according to what suited her, and had criticized Love Jihad
laws on false pretenses.
If Indians were to go by her recent claims that she was never
married, then this is a parliamentarian who lied on the floor of the
Indian parliament while taking the oath as a representative of the
house, and who provided false information in her introduction as a Lok
Nusrat Jahan attended Hindu festivals as a married woman and
participated in customs observed exclusively by Hindu married women.
This is a parliamentarian who insulted the majority’s religious
sentiments and their holy symbols.
In interviews, she had introduced Nikhil Jain as her husband and
referred to Jain’s mother as her mother-in-law. This is a
parliamentarian who lied to the Indian population in broad daylight.