Kerala Love Jihad: Not isolated but sustained effort to convert vulnerable Hindu girls to Islam
The investigations being conducted by the National Investigation Agency in the Love Jihad case is not an isolated incident, but part of a sustained effort to spread the menace.
The Supreme Court had recently directed the NIA to probe a case of Love Jihad from Kerala. The case cropped up after the father of the girl complained that his daughter was forcibly converted to Islam and married off.
NIA officials say that this does not appear to be an isolated case. There is a sustained effort to convert girls to Islam and marry them off. The probe has also found discrepancies in the letters that the girl Akhila sent to her father.
It was the case of the Shafin Jahan she had married him out of her own free will. To substantiate his claims, he had cited four letters that the lady had written to the father claiming that she had converted to Islam out of her own free will and even married him.
The NIA is about bust this myth as it has been found that the four letters have several discrepancies in it. The NIA found that in each of the letters the name was spelt differently. It was also found that the letters were signed, but not written by her.
It was further found that she had been lured by one Sainaba linked to groups such as the SDPI. An NIA official informed OneIndia that the role of his associates too is under probe as we suspect that this was a sustained effort to lure women. The probe also found that vulnerable Hindu girls were being targeted and lured. The probe further revealed that they would target women who were not in good terms with their families and lure them to convert to Islam.
The NIA told the Supreme Court that Akhila's conversion was part of an organised effort by groups such as Sathasarani, PFI and SDPI. All three organisations have however denied the charges.
Another discrepancy that the NIA has found is in the conversion certificate issued to Akhila in 2016.
The Kerala government recognised Therbiyatul Islam Sabha had issued a conversion certificate stating that she had successfully completed her Islamic studies. The NIA learnt that she never studied at the TIS. Instead she took the exam after the course.