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Interfaith couple’s reception canceled in murder victim’s hometown of Delhi in Maharashtra

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Shraddha Walkar (27) and her partner Aaftab Poonawala were from Vasai. (Case)

Mumbai:

A reception for a newly married Hindu-Muslim couple has been canceled in the Maharashtra town of Vasai following opposition from local organizations following the murder of Shraddha Walkar, police said on Saturday.

Shraddha Walkar (27) and her partner Aaftab Poonawala, arrested for allegedly brutally murdering her in May this year, were from Vasai in Palghar district near Mumbai.

On Friday morning, a news channel editor tweeted a photo of the invitation to the reception and linked it to the Walkar murder case using the hashtags “LoveJihad” and “ActOfTerrorism”.

The event was to take place on Sunday evening at a venue in the Vasai West area, a local police official told PTI.

After the tweet went viral, local Hindu and Muslim organizations in Vasai called the venue owner and asked him to cancel the event for the sake of peace in the region, the official said.

The couple’s families went to Manikpur police station on Saturday and informed that the reception had been suspended, he said.

The woman, who is Hindu, is 29 while her husband, a Muslim, is 32 and the two have known each other for 11 years, the official said.

Members of both families have been supportive of their relationship, and the couple registered a marriage in court on November 17.

About 200 guests were expected for Sunday’s reception, they told police.

There is no so-called Love Jihad angle in this case, the official said.

“Love Jihad” refers to claims by some right-wing organizations that there is a conspiracy to convert Hindu women to Islam by marrying them.

(Except for the title, this story has not been edited by NDTV staff and is published from a syndicated feed.)

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