"Akhila was already Hadiya when she came to us," says Kerala Islamic centre
Satya Sarani, an Islamic study centre has come under the radar for its alleged role in a suspected Love Jihad case from Kerala. Speaking exclusively to OneIndia, the manager of the centre has refused charges of the organisation indulging in religious conversions.
"She came to study here in 2016 and pursued a course for two months. She registered her name as Hadiya while all her certificates and records bore the name Akhila. We have recorded both names. She came here with the name Hadiya," said Mohammed Rauf, who introduced himself as the manager of Satya Sarani.
Hadiya's father accused the Islamic centre of keeping her captive and influencing her thus forcefully converting her to Islam. The centre, however, has denied all charges. "We only offer courses in Islam to those interested. She came here for one such course. We do not indulge in religious conversions as alleged. Neither did we convert her, nor did we arrange for her to get married to anyone," Rauf added.
He also told OneIndia that Hadiya had come to study at Sathya Sarani after the Kerala High Court had allowed her to do so. This claim is, however, contradictory to the proceedings in court. When Akhila aka Hadiya's father filed a habeas corpus petition for the first time. Akhila produced documents to prove that she had taken admission into Sathya Sarani to study Islam. The court, at this juncture, had neither instructed her to continue her studies nor was in the know of the same till Hadiya herself submitted all records.
The institution also denied having any role to play in the alleged Love Jihad angle and insisted that Hadiya left the course almost towards its end and left to Salem. Later in 2016, she got married to an NRI, Jefin Jehan. The institution has been in the news time and again over allegations of indulging in religious conversions and for links with the Popular Front of India (PFI). The BJP and the RSS are Kerala have been demanding for its closure for years now.
According to Sathya Sarani's own website, its job is to 'bring back people to the faith'. The website leaves no space for doubt that the organisation attacks other religions. "The fascist and militant forces emerging among the Hindus create hindrance in the way of the people entering the right faith," a sentence from Sathya Sarani's website says.