The Badiadka police have booked Sadhvi Saraswati for deliberate and malicious acts intended to outrage religious feelings and promoting enmity, sources said. The offences carry a punishment of upto four years in jail. If arrested, she would not be granted bail.
Sources in the police said the comments were allegedly made during a religious convention in Kasargode on Sunday. "The complaint doesn't specify what was said but the complainant has alleged that she made provocative statements with an aim of creating violence," a police officer from Kasargode said.
The right wing concept of love jihad - which accuses Muslim men of drawing Hindu women into relationships, converting them and eventually recruiting them for terrorism - has been in the limelight in Kerala, especially after the huge media attention to the Hadiya case.
Following a large number of complaints of forced conversions, the top court had also asked the National Investigation agency to check if there was any coercion involved in inter-faith marriages. The agency said they made sufficient progress and found an "emerging trend" in the conversions.
In neighbouring Karnataka, a BJP youth wing leader was arrested in January after a young woman named him in her suicide note, blaming moral policing by him and four others. The police indicated that the young woman was systematically hounded for her alleged friendship with a Muslim man.