India - "Love Jihad" conversion under Court's scanner
After Kerala Police uncovered the details of plans by certain jihadi terrorists elements to lure young 'infidel' girls to first their version of 'Islam' and then 'jihad' terrorism in turn using 'Romeo techniques' , Kerala High Court swung into action and directed the State and Central governments to seriously look into this matter.
KOCHI: The Kerala HC on Wednesday directed the state government to provide information within three weeks on plans and projects of 'Love Jihad', an organisation which allegedly converts young girls to Islam in the state.
The court also sought the Centre's views on the matter and directed that an appropriate person of the home ministry file a report containing its views on combating activities relating to compulsory religious conversion.
The directions were issued by Justice K T Shankaran while considering the anticipatory bail applications of two persons, who moved the court fearing arrest in two cases in which girls were allegedly abducted and compelled to convert to Islam.
After perusing the case diary, the court said that there are indications that several similar instances had taken place in the state. The Judge observed there was a movement called 'Love Jihad' or 'Romeo Jihad' conceived by a some Muslims in Kerala.
The modus operandi of the terrorists is said to be establishng and inserting modern looking , handsome jihadis into colleges with the aim of 'love trapping' non-muslim girls. Once the girl falls for the boy, then he forces them to 'embrace Islam' by hook or by crook.
One of the college management grew suspecious by the actions of a 'romeo jihadi' and apporached the authorities. Further investigation revealed that the girls who eloped with felt trapped and did not want to go back.
When there was no news of their wards, the parents approached the high court with habeus corpus petitions. The girls were subsequently produced in court which allowed the parents the custody of their children for a week. When they appeared in court next, the girls stated they had been trapped and did not want to go back with the boy. In the period they were with him, one of them had already married the boy and the other was "forced to marry'' his friend, a bus conductor. In their statements given to police, the students claimed that they were shown jihadi videos and literature by the boy. Expressing concern over the development, the high court asked the police to probe deeper.
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