The Gujarat Police arrested a Muslim youth who kidnapped a girl and attempted her conversion to Islam forcibly. The accused is identified as Imran Ansari, a 23-year-old resident of Gujarat's Valsad district. The police have arrested the accused from Madhya Pradesh.
The police said that the victim's mother registered a missing person's complaint on June 10. Through technical surveillance and checking of CCTV footage, it was found the victim was with the man at Indore in Madhya Pradesh.
"The victim, in her statement to police, said the accused lured her into a relationship and started forcing her for marriage. The accused also threatened to kill her brother if she failed to comply. The accused is already married, but was still pressuring the victim for marriage and religious conversion," Vapi town police station's inspector B J Sarvaiya said.
He also allegedly had physical relations with the victim against her wishes, the official said.
The accused has been arrested under the Gujarat Freedom of Religion (Amendment) Act-2021, which came into force on June 15 lays down stringent punishment for forcible conversion through marriage. The accused has been also booked under Indian Penal Code Sections 366 (kidnapping, abducting or inducing woman to compel her for marriage), 376 (2) (rape), and 506 (2) (criminal intimidation), PTI reported.