The Intelligence Bureau officials who were counseling her say that she has been made to understand the dark side of the ISIS and let off without a case being booked against her.
The girl who was a student had returned from Australia recently. Her father a former officer of the armed forces had sensed something wrong in his daughter's attitude and sought the help of the National Investigation Agency.
Let off after counseling:
The NIA which was first informed about the girl passed on the message to the Intelligence Bureau. The IB officials who sat her down counseled her for nearly three days. During the counseling, the girl was advised against leaving India and joining the ISIS. She was told in detail about what women have to do in the ISIS camps and only after sense was drilled into her head was she let off.
The IB officials however did not recommend the filing of any case against her. It makes no sense to file cases in such matters, the officer informed. The officer also said that they were taking this approach in almost all cases where attempts are made to join the ISIS.
The Home Ministry has made it clear that punishment is never a deterrent in cases where youth are misguided.
The NIA had however a different take on the matter. It felt that minimum punishment ought to be awarded in cases where attempts are made to join the ISIS. The NIA had recommended that this would act as a deterrent. The Home Ministry which is in possession of the NIA's recommendations is yet to take a call on the matter.
However sources in the Home Ministry say that the current approach is most likely to say. Each case will be analysed differently. If there is a scope for counseling then that shall be done, the Home Ministry official also informed.