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Woman files petition in Kerala High Court, alleges forceful conversion

By Deepika
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    A 25-year-old woman has filed a petition in the Kerala High Court alleging that she was sexually exploited and forcefully converted to Islam.

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    The woman, in her petition to the HC, has alleged that 26-year-old Muhammad Riyaz- a native of New Mahe- took her to Saudi Arabia and was planning to take her to Syria, and sell her to ISIS terrorists as a sex slave.

    "After reaching Saudi Arabia, she was taken to Saudi Arabia and there were attempts to take her to IS-held territory in Syria", the plea said.

    He also forced her to attend Islamic classes and watch videos of Zakir Naik.

    The petitioner has also made allegations that the forced conversion and marriage has links with the fundamentalist organisation Popular Front of India.

    According to the petition, Muhammad then forcefully admitted the woman to a madrassa, following which, he forged documents including her Aadhar card (with the new Muslim name) to get their marriage registered in May 2016.

    The woman, a Malayali, was born and brought up in Gujarat. She met the man while studying at a private institute in Bengaluru.

    The case is likely to come up for hearing on November 13 in Kerala High Court.

    This incident has come at a time when NIA has claimed that they have come across at least 90 cases of forced conversions in Kerala.

    Hadiya, a 24-year-old Hindu woman from Kerala who converted to Islam, has been under house arrest after her marriage to Sheffin Jahan was annulled last year by the High Court.

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