Kerala HC says 'All inter-faith marriages can't be termed love jihad'

Law minister Ravi Shankar Prasad during a press conference at BJP Headquarter in New Delhi

Law minister Ravi Shankar Prasad during a press conference at BJP Headquarter in New Delhi

While what sort of lure was offered is not known, the families of women feel there is a plot to convert them.

The Supreme Court, which is now hearing a petition filed by Jahan challenging a Kerala High Court order which annulled his marriage with Hadiya while calling it a case of "love jihad", had ordered the NIA to probe if there was a "pattern" to these inter-faith marriages in the southern state which could be linked with terror.

The National Investigation Agency (NIA), that is probing 90 cases of inter-faith marriages in Kerala, received testimonies from two women who have claimed to have been lured and converted to Islam.

The state government also said that the probe done by the Kerala Police has not revealed any startling fact that merits an NIA investigation.

The Supreme Court ordered an investigation by the National Investigation Agency (NIA) into the circumstances of the woman's conversion and into charges of radicalisation of Hindu women in Kerala. She was also reportedly influenced by Muslim friends.

Athira, who returned to Hinduism, submitted before the HC that she was a victim of love jihad and was taken to Sathya Sarani, an institution for converting persons to Islam and recruiting them to IS.

Sources say that the second Athira from Palakad eloped with a Muslim man and converted to marry him.

"The cases relate to forced conversions, inter-faith relationships and marriages, with complainants alleging a larger effort to "lure" women to convert to Islam", an officer was quoted as saying by Times of India.

In both cases, the NIA suspects the role of Popular Front of India (PFI).

"Both the women are named Athira". Never the less, the government's stance in the Supreme Court regarding the Hadiya case was that there is no need of any NIA investigation.

"Four months ago, the Kerala High Court" had sent Hadiya with her parents K M Asokan and Ponnamma after annulling her marriage with Shafin Jahan.

Christian Help Line of Kochi, submitted that more than 1,500 Christian girls were converted to Islam through "love jihad" till date.

During the course of the hearing the counsel appearing for the Yoga centre said that this was a case of Love Jihad.

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