The Thamarassery Diocese, under the prominent Syro-Malabar Church, has published the book with controversial content for the catechism study of students belonging to classes X to XII.
"This book has been published not out of any hatred or objection towards any religion. It is only aimed at keeping the Christian youth rooted in the faith and to protect the community girls from exploitation," Fr John Pallikkavayalil, Director, Department of Catechesis under the Diocese, said.
As per the over-130-page handbook, brought out by the Department of Catechesis under the Diocese, love jihad is a reality and claimed that it is being implemented through nine stages. It also prescribes some precautions for the community girls to be taken to avoid falling into such love traps.
Among the several controversial remarks, the handbook had references about 'kaivisham', a kind of witchcraft allegedly practiced through Muslim clerics to lure Christian girls. It alleged that black magic was being carried out by collecting various objects possessed by the girls including their pen, handkerchief or a strand of hair.
It also said that they had been receiving several complaints of "sex terrorism" targeting Christian girls for some time. During the investigation of the Church, it had been found that over hundred community girls had been victimized for sexual exploitation and other harassment in the name of 'love marriages', it alleged in the statement.