Converted, married and threatened to be shifted to Syria, Kerala woman gets protection
The Kerala High Court has directed the state police to provide protection to a woman and her family after they alleged that they had been receiving threats from radical Islamic groups.
The 24-year-old Hindu girl is said to have converted to Islam and married Anees but returned to her parents after she learnt that she was being taken to Syria. The High Court has taken serious cognizance of the case and has issued a notice to Anees and has asked the police to probe the Syria angle.
The woman's parents, residents of Kannur, filed a police complaint that they have been receiving threats from alleged radical Islamic organisations. The parents allege that the threats began after their daughter who converted to Islam and married a Muslim man, left him and returned to them.
The 24-year-old woman went missing in June this year. Worried parents filed a missing complaint after which she appeared in court. On June 6, 2017, the woman appeared before the court for the first time and said that she had been married to Anees. She was asked to make her choice and she chose to leave with her husband. Within months, the woman returned to her parents in Kannur after she learnt of a plan to shift her to Syria. The parents claim that they have been receiving threats to return their daughter to Anees ever since she came back home.
The court on Friday held discussions with the woman in question who claimed that she had returned to her parents out of her own will.
"The woman who left with her husband the first time realised that there was a plan to take her to Syria. She saw posters of PFI claiming that she was married to Anees only to be taken to Syria and hence left from there and returned to her parents," the order copy of the Kerala High Court suggests.
Anees, the main accused in the case, has, however, claimed that his 'wife' is being kept forcefully at her parent's residence. The court has issued a notice to Anees over allegations of him planning with members of the PFI to take the girl to Syria. The police have been asked to probe the role of alleged radical Islamic groups in the case. The girl and her parents are currently under police protection.