As man fights ‘Islamic State’ taint for wife, police at her door, in her room

The woman being “guarded” by the State machinery is Akhila alias Hadiya, the 24-year-old whose marriage to a Muslim man, Shefin Jahan, was annulled by the Kerala High Court on May 24. Hadiya’s father said, “I am fighting for the custody of my only daughter."

Written by Shaju Philip | T V Puram (kottayam) | Updated: August 14, 2017 9:32 am
islamic state, kerala islamic state, kerala high court, islamic state missing, kerala IS missiing, kerala IS conversion, indian express news, india news Policemen outside Hadiya’s house in T V Puram village. Express photo

ARMED policemen keep an eye on every movement in the vicinity of a small house in this village, vehicles passing by are checked, and strangers told to show their identity. A policeman monitors footage of CCTV cameras installed across the premises. Search lights come up at night, and there are generators for standby power. Two more policewomen are on permanent duty inside, keeping a watch on a 24-year-old, day in and out.

The woman being “guarded” by the State machinery is Akhila alias Hadiya, the 24-year-old whose marriage to a Muslim man, Shefin Jahan, was annulled by the Kerala High Court on May 24.

She was sent to this house, belonging to her parents, 35 km from Kottayam district town, three days later by the court, which said “a girl of 24 years is weak and vulnerable, capable of being exploited in many ways…. Her marriage being the most important decision in her life can also be taken only with the active involvement of her parents.”

While her parents alleged that the wedding was just a bid to take their daughter to join the Islamic State, in its report to the high court, police said they had found no evidence that Jahan had any criminal links.

Jahan, 27, challenged the high court verdict in the Supreme Court. On August 10, the Supreme Court asked the state police to share details of the conversion of the Hindu woman with the National Investigation Agency.

Hadiya hasn’t left her parents’ house in the two and a half months since the high court gave her custody to her father, K M Ashokan.

Jahan, who lives 130 km away, in Kollam, says he has had no communication with her in all this time. He hasn’t been able to talk to her as she has no access to mobile phones. “I had sent a letter to her, but her father returned it with the acknowledgement ‘rejected by the guardian’. Once I went to TV Puram to visit her, but police did not allow me to enter the house.”

Kottayam District Superintendent of Police N Ramachandran says it is a unique case. “Police are giving round-the-clock security to the woman and her parents. The high court had directed protection for them. They fear a threat, which can come from any quarters.”

A police officer in Kottayam says, “We have intelligence reports that the woman and her parents face serious threat from Islamic fundamentalists. We have advised the family not to let the woman outside as it may endanger her life.”

The officer adds that it is wrong to call it house arrest. “It is for her security. Prof T J Joseph had faced threat from Islamic fundamentalists on the charges of insulting the Prophet. He faced a brutal attack for want of security (Joseph’s right hand was chopped off in July 2010). We don’t want such a situation.”

Hadiya’s father Ashokan, an ex-serviceman, says he will only talk after the case in the Supreme Court gets over. His voice breaking, he says, “I am fighting for the custody of my only daughter. I won’t allow anyone to meet her.”

Sheela Sureshan, a panchayat member of T V Puram village, confirms no one has seen Hadiya since she returned home. “We have heard she is still leading an Islamic way of life, sometimes observing fast and reading the Quran.”

Jahan reiterates that as an adult, Hadiya has every right to practise a religion of her choice. “By confining her within the house, her family is now attempting a forced conversion. That is why Hadiya is not allowed to speak. She is still my wife,” says Jahan.

Jahan had met Hadiya through a Muslim matrimonial website last August. The marriage was held on December 19 last year, and they lived together only for two days before Hadiya was hauled before the high court. The court sent her to a hostel in Kochi while it heard her father’s petition. No one was allowed to meet her there too.

Because he had to stay back to fight the case, Jahan, who had been working in Muscat with a private firm as administration manager for the last two years, has lost his job. His parents are settled there. “My company told me to return to the Gulf only after settling the matter,” he says.

A graduate in Islamic Studies, Jahan had been an active member of the Campus Front, the student outfit of the Social Democratic Party of India (SDPI), during his college days. The SDPI is a political wing of the hardline Islamist group Popular Front of India, and a criminal case was registered against Jahan in 2013 in connection with campus politics.

While hearing the habeas corpus petition filed by Ashokan, the high court had asked police to look into Jahan’s antecedents. Police found no evidence that Jahan had any criminal links, but wrote in its report that he had been admin of a WhatsApp group called ‘SDPI Keralam’, and been in another called ‘Thanal’, that included core members of the SDPI Kerala. A youth arrested from Kannur last year in connection with an Islamic State module, Mansy Buraqui, police added, had been a member of the same two WhatsApp groups.

Jahan had defended that Buraqui was removed from the groups after his IS support was revealed, and that he had no link with him apart from sharing WhatsApp groups.

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    vishnu vpd
    Aug 15, 2017 at 11:48 am
    congratulations you have succesfully spread a fqke news!! its not a love jihad the girl.converted to islam her own and after shefrin nahan marrie her qctually she is thretend by hindu terrorists like rss so she get a police protection sn
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      Re
      Aug 14, 2017 at 3:41 pm
      So many fekuphalitis infected bhakts here..y I don't see any of them losers in UPs childern massacre news..?
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        NKSA
        Aug 14, 2017 at 2:47 pm
        Love Jihad is in serious danger now
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          Abdul Razak
          Aug 14, 2017 at 2:30 pm
          Dear all , It is not Love Jihad case. And there is no such thing called Love Jihad also. The word " Love Jehad " itself is an oxymoron and contradictory to each other. In this case conversion / reversion was done by Akhila Hadiya much before their marriage/love. Shefin met her through an ad in the matrimonial site ( Kerala Matrimonial?) almost two years after her conversion/reversion. Shefin had nothing to do with her conversion /reversion. He was working in Muscat while she got converted herself after her study of Islam that she had begun while she was a college student. I would rather like to stand for a person's choice he made independently after his study even if I may disagree with his choice.
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            stranger
            Aug 14, 2017 at 2:08 pm
            she brought so much shame to her soldier father, all our sympathies to her father, a true soldier of the nation. the case also highlights that when good legal recourse was available people neednot take law in their own hand. i am relived that in the heat of anger the father didn't kill the terrorist himself and cause legal problem to his and his dependents lives.
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              Mahender Goriganti
              Aug 14, 2017 at 1:54 pm
              No surprise Islamic express has emergency reporting needs when ever it can when it comes to Jihadi of any sort in disguise.
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                Bharat
                Aug 14, 2017 at 12:53 pm
                If the boy loved this girl they should have done a court marriage without conversion or name changing .... Why is it important to convert .... It should be made mandatory to be able to defend our religious iden y ...
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                  gogogo
                  Aug 14, 2017 at 1:31 pm
                  Converting a non-Muslim to Islam gives a Muslim a one way ticket to heaven.
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                    Abdul Razak
                    Aug 14, 2017 at 1:59 pm
                    Dear all, in this case conversion / reversion was done by Akhila Hadiya much before their marriage. Shefin met her through an ad in the matrimonial site ( Kerala Matrimonial?) almost two years after her conversion/reversion. Shefin had nothing to do with her conversion /reversion. He was working in Muscat while she got converted herself after her study of Islam that she had begun while she was a college student.
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                    Abdul Razak
                    Aug 14, 2017 at 2:00 pm
                    Dear all, in this case conversion / reversion was done by Akhila Hadiya much before their marriage. Shefin met her through an ad in the matrimonial site ( Kerala Matrimonial?) almost two years after her conversion/reversion. Shefin had nothing to do with her conversion /reversion. He was working in Muscat while she got converted herself after her study of Islam that she had begun while she was a college student.
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                      AKG
                      Aug 14, 2017 at 3:17 pm
                      Than why don't you set an example by marrying your daughters and sisters to Hindu boys and let them convert to Hinduism. Islam approves beliefs and disbelifs and rebelives ...
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                      Abdul Razak
                      Aug 14, 2017 at 2:00 pm
                      Dear all, in this case conversion / reversion was done by Akhila Hadiya much before their marriage. Shefin met her through an ad in the matrimonial site ( Kerala Matrimonial?) almost two years after her conversion/reversion. Shefin had nothing to do with her conversion /reversion. He was working in Muscat while she got converted herself after her study of Islam that she had begun while she was a college student.
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                      Hassan MI
                      Aug 14, 2017 at 12:25 pm
                      This is failure of Judiciary lack of knowledge by the judge. As the Girl Boy are adult as per Indian Law, they are free to marry whom they want to. Now Chaddi people like Pahlaj Nahlani will Pass rulings.... Imagine the changing trends in India.
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                        Bharat
                        Aug 14, 2017 at 12:51 pm
                        Please ask the boy to convert to Hinduism asap because this couple should be secular in outlook and reflect the status of religion and marriage act as per Hindu family ....
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                          gogogo
                          Aug 14, 2017 at 1:33 pm
                          A Muslim cannot convert to other religion but he can convert others to Islam. Islam is a one way street. there is an entrance but there is no exit.
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                          gogogo
                          Aug 14, 2017 at 1:32 pm
                          If a Muslim girl marries a Hindu, then your religion Islam will be in grave danger. the entire community will be on the street and violence will erupt. And your secularism will disappear in the mud. Your hypocrisy is well known.
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                            Abdul Razak
                            Aug 14, 2017 at 2:05 pm
                            Who told you this..? the Glorious Quran in 4:37 explicitly mentions about freedom of belief and disbelief. “Indeed, those who have believed then disbelieved, then believed and after disbelieved an became arrogant and increased in their disbelief, Allah will neither forgive them nor will He guide them”. Here the belief, disbelief, again belief and finally disbelief in a person is clearly mentioned. These are not interpretations. This denotes freedom of belief and disbelief. If there was a capital punishment or apostacy, he won’t have even a chance to believe again and disbelieve. Finally, it doesn’t say anything about the punishment except in the Hereafter life. So, it is very clear that Irthidaad 3any Dheen and Mufaaraqat from al-Jamaa3at has got clear political connotation and is equal to treason in modern perspective. Al-Jamaa3at is equal to the concept of modern state.
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                              Abdul Razak
                              Aug 14, 2017 at 2:18 pm
                              There is no verse in Quran that dictates any punishment for apostasy. There is no record in the history of prophet or Khilafat having punished anybody for apostasy. Abdulla bin Saad was prophet’s scribe he had abandoned Islam. Prophet didn’t punish him. For Treason, almost all countries give capital punishment except the EU some other countries in which we see the culprits get murdered by shooting of the police security forces in the “encounters” even without going through a proper judicial process. Quran again says: “A section of the people of the Book say: ‘Believe in the morning what is revealed to the believers. But reject it at the end of the day perchance they may (themselves) turn back. (3:72). A section of people used the tactic to create doubt among the Muslims in the hope that that some of them might thereby be beguiled into repudiating Islam. How could it be possible for non Muslims to have enacted this plan if death was the penalty for apostacy?
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                                Vinay
                                Aug 19, 2017 at 6:08 am
                                This person Abdul Razzak seems to be well-intentioned, but highly uninformed about his own religion Islam. He says that Islam does not punish anyone for leaving Islam (ie, for apostasy). What baloney? Here is the explicit Hadith where Mohammed orders that people who leave Islam must be killed. Anyone can verify it online. Ali burnt some people and this news reached Ibn 'Abbas, who said, "Had I been in his place I would not have burnt them, as the Prophet said, 'Don't punish (anybody) with Allah's Punishment.' No doubt, I would have killed them, for the Prophet said, 'If somebody (a Muslim) discards his religion, kill him.' — Sahih al-Bukhari, 4:52:260
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