Mangaluru: Karnataka Chief Minister BS Yediyurappa on Thursday said the state government will introduce strong measures to curb religious conversions due to ‘Love Jihad’.

Chief Minister BS Yediyurappa announced that his government would "take stern measures towards ending" what he called young girls being lured with money or love.

Addressing the media and BJP members in Mangaluru "We have seen many reports in newspapers and in the electronic media about conversions due to love jihad. I discussed this with officials before coming here. I do not know about other states, but in Karnataka we are going to end this. The luring of young girls with the use of money or love is something we are taking seriously. We will take stern measures towards ending this" Yediyurappa said.

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Karnataka Home Minister Basavaraj Bommai had also called it a ‘social evil’ that must be tackled using law.

"This love jihad has been there for some time and it is a social evil. A law is necessary - that has been the loud thinking of various sections of society in all states" Basavaraj Bommai said while addressing the media.

Earlier, BJP’s national general secretary and state minister CT Ravi called for enacting a strict law against “love jihad”. “On lines of Allahabad High Court’s order, Karnataka will enact a law banning religious conversions for the sake of marriage. We will not remain silent when Jihadis strip the dignity of Our Sisters. Anyone involved in the act of conversion shall face severe & swift punishment,” he said on social media Tuesday.