Amid Tanishq Row, a Book Extract Re-emerges on How to “Save” Hindu Women from “Sensuous” Muslim Men

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Amid Tanishq Row, a Book Extract Re-emerges on How to “Save” Hindu Women from “Sensuous” Muslim Men

Illustration: Shruti Yatam

In the wake of the Tanishq ad controversy, a lot has been said about Muslim men on social media, most of which hasn’t been too flattering. However, after an excerpt from a recent book, which carried an interview of “Godwoman” Chetna Devi, was published, there have been a few comments that could be construed as high praise as well.

“Muslim men are sensuous and are better at satisfying a woman’s desire so Hindu girls fall for them,” the excerpt from the book “Love Jihadis: An Open Minded Journey into the Heart of Western Uttar Pradesh” quotes the “Godwoman” as saying.

Devi goes on to add that it was this very trait that will ensure that the Muslim population will outnumber Hindus in India by the year 2030 — and in the process heavily implies that Hindu women don’t have a mind of their own.

To prepare ourselves from this sensuous assault, Devi goes on to preach that “Hindus — the peaceful community — should take up arms and prepare for a war of faith that will preserve their religion and existence”. According to the excerpt published in Scroll.in, Devi goes on to add that it is also the reason why it’s important to train Hindu women and children in weaponry.

Chetna Devi also goes by Yati Maa Chetnanand Saraswati, and is the head of the Meerut-based Akhand Hindustan Morcha. In the book, written by Mihir Srivastava and Rahul Irani, she paints herself as the saviour of Hindus from the “love jihad” conspiracy theory, which claims that Hindu girls are enticed by Muslim men into getting married, only to be forcibly converted to Islam by their in-laws.

Several Twitter users, however, failed to see the severity of her dire warning, going on to accept the label with a lot of pride (and mirth), as the term sensuous Muslim soon began to trend on the site.

Devi’s comments also accidentally ended up offending the very community she was trying to defend. Soon after her quote began to trend, a number of Hindu men rushed to defend themselves, insisting that that they too, could be quite sensuous at times.

At this point, it’s probably safe to say that Devi’s attempt to counter “love jihad” has backfired. If anything, it’s possibly one of the nicest things a “godwoman” has said about the community on the internet in a long time.

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