04:27 GMT04 December 2020
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    The killing of 21-year-old Nikita Tomar outside her college in the Indian city of Faridabad has sparked national outrage. The incident was captured in CCTV footage and showed the young woman being shot at by a man, accompanied by his friend, while resisting abduction. Since the incident took place, #LoveJihad has been trending in India.

    Bollywood actress Kangana Ranaut has described Nikita Tomar, the young woman who died on Monday while fighting off her kidnappers in the city of Faridabad, with legendary Indian queens Lakshmi Bai and Padmavati for not surrendering to the attackers.

    Lakshmi Bai was an Indian queen from the princely state of Jhansi, currently the Jhansi district in Uttar Pradesh state. She was one of the leading figures during the 1857 Revolution and became a symbol of resistance to British rule for Indian nationalists. Padmavati was the queen of the Mewar Kingdom, presently a region in Rajasthan state.

    The so-called Love Jihad, a term used for the alleged conspiracy of Muslim men marrying women in order to convert them to to Islam, has emerged in the case.

    Slamming the “jihadis”, the actress said they “have no shame or any fear of law and order” and demanded immediate action against the accused.

    ​Kangana has also demanded a bravery award for the victim woman for not giving up in the face of her abductors.

    ​On Tuesday, the victim’s family revealed that the man accused of shooting their daughter (identified only by his first name, Tauseef) was her schoolmate. But over the last two years, Tauseef had been harassing Nikita and attempting to force her to marry him and convert to his his religion, which she had refused.

    “Tauseef was trying to convert Nikita. He should be given capital punishment and our family should be given security," the woman's father told police.

    Tauseef was arrested along with his accomplice by the Haryana Police; and further investigation is underway.


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