Ladakh: Action sought against a young Muslim for marrying a Buddhist girl


The Ladakh Buddhist Association wrote to Lieutenant Governor Radha Krishna Mathur asking for action against a young Muslim for marrying a Buddhist girl.

[Image for Representation] The Ladakh Buddhist Association has asked for a prosecution against a young Muslim for marrying a Buddhist girl. (Image: Reuters)

The Ladakh Buddhist Association has asked for a prosecution against a young Muslim for marrying a Buddhist girl. The association threatened to create a stir in the region if the alleged conversion of the Buddhist girl to Islam was not stopped.

The Association wrote to Ladakh’s Lieutenant Governor Radha Krishna Mathur, alleging that a young Muslim from Padum Zanskar “forcibly” married a Buddhist girl. The association asked that the girl be collected and returned to the family.

A Zanskar resident said interfaith marriages are not new to the Ladakh region, but unfortunately these issues have started to gain attention in recent years. He said that several years ago dozens of Buddhists willingly embraced Islam, although the action of these Buddhists elicited a strong reaction from the Association.

In a statement to LG Radha Krishna Mathur, the Ladakh Buddhist Association alleged that the only ground for interfaith marriage is forced conversion. The association further added that forced intercommunal conversion through “seduced” marriages in Ladakh has always triggered unfortunate community riots in the past, causing extensive damage to private and public property.

The association claimed that communal riots are inevitable in the region if the administration fails to recover the girl.

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