Kerala HC orders probe into ‘love jihad’

 

VR Jayaraj | Kochi

The Kerala High Court on Wednesday directed the Director General of Police to investigate the operations of an organisation specialising in converting girl students into Islam after trapping them in love affair. The police should also look into the connections of the organisation, if any, with any other outfits, the court said.

The DGP was asked to file his probe report on this organisation, based in campuses of the State, within three weeks. But Kerala Education Minister MA Baby said that the DGP would submit the probe report in consultation with the Department of Education.

The court also issued instructions to the Union Home Department to find out whether the operations of the Islamist organisation had been extending to other parts of the country. A of the court’s order would be sent to the Union Home Secretary for this. The responsible official of the Union Home Department should give the reply, the court said.

The court asked the DGP to find out which organisations were behind “love jihad,” the source of its funds, whether it was getting money from abroad and whether it had any connections with drug peddlers and extremist outfits.

The order to probe the activities and links of the organisation was issued by Justice KT Sankaran after dismissing the anticipatory bail pleas of Sirajuddeen and Shahehshah, the activists of Campus Front, the students’ wing of NDF, who had forced two girls to convert into Islam in the name of marriage.

The girls, students at St Johns College, Pathanamthitta, who had claimed that the duo had tried to convert them into Islam after kidnapping them, were allowed to go with their parents. The girls were taken away from the college for converting them into Islam when they were doing their academic projects after completing the MBA course.

The court said that the DGP should also find out all the details of the forced conversions in the name of love affairs in schools and colleges of Kerala in the past three years. According to Gopakumar, Assistant Commissioner of Police, Cantonment, Thiruvananthapuram, who was in charge of the investigation into the campaign of the extremists to convert girls into Islam, as many as 940 girls had gone missing in Kerala in the past five years.

Education Minister Baby said that his department would give answers to the queries from the Kerala High Court about the operation of a particular organisation in the campuses. Students’ organisations working from within a specific framework alone would be allowed to function in campuses, he said.

Information about the planned conversion campaign had come out in the open after the girls were produced in the High Court last month on a habeas corpus petition. The girls told the court that they had been taken to a place in Kozhikode, where a group led by Campus Front activists Shehenshah and Sirajuddeen forced them to convert into Islam and sign marriage contracts.

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