Maharashtra state minister and BJP leader Girish Mahajan on Sunday said actor Tunish Sharma’s death was a matter of “love jihad” and police are investigating the case. Mahajan further said that the Eknath Shinde-led Maharashtra government is considering introducing a strict law against “love jihad“.
“This is ‘love jihad’ and the police is investigating the case. We are seeing such cases increasing day by day and we are considering bringing a strict law against it,” Mahajan told. However, Assistant Commissioner of Police (ACP) Chandrakant Jadhav said that there is currently no angle of any other affair, extortion or ‘Love Jihad’. “Investigation is on. The phones of accused Sheezan and the deceased have been seized. There is no other affair, extortion or ‘Love Jihad’ at this time,” he said.
“Love jihad” is a term largely used by right-wing groups to describe marital relationships between Muslim men and Hindu women, although the courts and the Union government do not officially recognize the term. 20-year-old Tunisha Sharma was found dead on the sets of a TV show, following which a case of abetment to suicide under Section 306 of the Indian Penal Code (IPC) was registered against her co-star and ex-boyfriend Sheezan Khan. based on a complaint by Sharma’s mother.
“Sharma and Khan had an affair. They broke up 15 days ago after which she committed suicide on the sets of her show,” Jadhav said at a press conference. Tunisha Sharma’s body was brought to JJ Hospital in Naigaon at around 1.30 am on Sunday where her post-mortem was conducted. Police in Walivu said the actor’s postmortem report listed the cause of death as “hanging”. Tunisha’s last rites will be performed on December 27 in Mumbai at Mira Road, her maternal uncle Pawan Sharma said.