The mother of a woman from Kerala who reportedly joined the Islamic State has moved the Supreme Court seeking a probe into forced religious conversions in the country.
Bindu Sampath, mother of Nimisha (Fathima), a resident of Attukal , stated that Kerala was emerging as a hub of IS and jihadi activities.
She sought an investigation by the National Investigation Agency (NIA), Research and Analysis Wing or Intelligence Bureau into forced religious conversions.
Nimisha was identified, in mid-2016, as one of the 22 Keralites who went missing from Kasaragod and Palakkad districts to join the IS. She converted to Islam after marrying a man from Palakkad, identified as Isa. Bindu had later met her at Isa's home in Palakkad.
Nimisha, who was pregnant when she went missing, is reported to have given birth to a girl child in Afghanistan. Isa himself had converted, along with his brother, from Christianity to Islam. Isa's brother Yahya and his wife Miriam were also among the missing.
Bindu said her appeal was in response to reports of more girls being "lured" into religious conversion and used in anti-national activities.