Forced conversions in Kerala: NIA set to step up the heat on Love Jihad

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The National Investigation Agency will seek the help of the Kerala police in probing alleged cases of forced conversions. The NIA has collected data on conversions that have taken place in a forced manner.

Most of the data that is being collected is from the Therbiyathul Islam Sabha in Kozhikode, a religious centre authorised by the Kerala government.

Forced conversions in Kerala: NIA set to step up the heat on Love Jihad

In its report to the Supreme Court the NIA said that the threat of Love Jihad is real in Kerala and it has become a menace. The NIA has been recording the statements of many persons who have testified that they were lured, trapped and forced to convert.

The NIA says that a special squad known as the Dawa Squad has been formed for this purpose. It comprises several layers which begin at the college level. The job of the Dawa Squad is to ensure that a woman is trapped, converted and then married off.

It is a systematic trap that is set. The NIA team in Kerala has been taking the accounts of several persons who narrate their trauma. In most cases, it has been found that the conversion in the first place is a trap.

There are four steps that are involved while setting the trap. First they identify the lady who has troubled relations with their parents. Then they speak about the benefits of being part of Islam and brainwash them into believing that there is more freedom and peace.

The third step is to take them to a conversion centre and ensure that the girl lives in some hostel and does not go home. When the girl fails to go home, the obvious missing complaint is filed by the parents. The girl is obviously tense with the complaint and that is when the final step comes in. They tell the girl that the only way out of the mess is to get married.

When one looks at the four step process, prima facie there appears to be no illegality committed. The Constitution only bars forced conversions. It would take a lot for the NIA to piece together the evidence. The agency is however confident and the accounts of the women who have spoken to the agency would provide a solid foundation to the case.

NIA officers tell OneIndia that this has been noticed in each of the cases. Very few cases are voluntary in nature, the officer adds. As the probe went on, more such cases came up before us, the officer said.

When one looks at the four step process, prima facie there appears to be no illegality committed. The Constitution only bars forced conversions. It would take a lot for the NIA to piece together the evidence. The agency is however confident and the accounts of the women who have spoken to the agency would provide a solid foundation to the case.

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