Published: Wed, October 11, 2017
Worldwide | By Gretchen Simon

Kerala: NIA Probing 90 Alleged 'Love Jihad' Cases

Kerala: NIA Probing 90 Alleged 'Love Jihad' Cases

While this has been a subject of debate in the state, the issue has received special attention after a Kerala high court order which annulled the marriage of a woman, Akhila/Hadiya, who converted to Islam and married a Muslim man. The minister said this in reference to a high-pitched war of words yesterday between two lawyers during the hearing of the sensitive Hadiya case, related to an inter-religious marriage in Kerala, in the apex court.

The NIA, in their probe based on the details given to them by the Kerala government, had found out the involvement of extreme Muslim group Popular Front and SDPI in both the Atira cases. The two of them had confessed that they were lured into falling in love with Muslim boys and eventually convert to Islam. She said she was influenced by the video of controversial preacher Zakir Naik.

Athira alias Ayesha has recently reconverted to Hinduism after converting to Islam a few months back.

Another woman by the same name from Palakad eloped with a Muslim man and converted in a bid to marry him. The NIA is looking into aspects whether the organisation was actively involved in conversion of unsuspecting women to Islam.

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"Both the women are named Athira". The people at the Yoga centre which helps re-convert Hindu women who have embraced another religion tortured me, she also alleged before the court. "Not all cases referred to agency by Kerala police would be of Love Jihad, but we suspect there may be at least 23 cases where deliberate conversion have taken place to fructify marriages", a senior officer told India Today on basis of anonymity.

Her father moved the Kerala High Court and claimed his daughter was indoctrinated and forcibly converted. While the legal issues will be decided by the court, it is yet to be proved whether it is a case of love jihad and radicalisation.

The Supreme Court, which is now hearing a petition filed by Jahan challenging a Kerala High Court order which annulled his marriage with Hadiya while calling it a case of "love jihad", had ordered the NIA to probe if there was a "pattern" to these inter-faith marriages in the southern state which could be linked with terror.

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