So far, little is known about the group behind the “love jihad”, but it is alleged to be linked to a fundamentalist Muslim group called the Popular Front of India and its student wing Campus Front – which they deny.

It emerged after two young Muslim men were arrested for luring two post-graduate students into marriage by “feigning love” to convert them to Islam.

They were arrested after the women told a court they had been “trapped” by the men and forced to convert. One of the girls said she had eloped with the older student at a college in Pathanamthitta who had taken her and her friend to a “conversion centre” in Malappuram where they were given extremist literature.