Hadiya ‘love jihad’ probe: ‘two Hindu women said were lured to Islam, but not forced’

The two were examined as part of the probe into the case of Akhila Asokan alias Hadiya, a 24-year-old Hindu girl who converted to Islam and later married a Muslim man.

By: Express News Service | New Delhi | Updated: October 11, 2017 7:56 am
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The National Investigation Agency (NIA) has examined two Hindu women from Kerala who reportedly said they were lured to convert to Islam but were not forced, said officials from the agency.

The two were examined as part of the probe into the case of Akhila Asokan alias Hadiya, a 24-year-old Hindu girl who converted to Islam and later married a Muslim man. Akhila’s parents had moved the Kerala High Court, alleging that she was radicalised and converted to Islam and was forcibly married to a Muslim man. The High Court annulled the marriage and Akhila’s husband Shafin Jahan moved the Supreme Court, which asked the NIA to investigate the case.

NIA officials said that the agency had asked Kerala Police for details of alleged forced conversions at Therbiyathul Islam Sabha in Kozhikode, a religious centre authorised by the Kerala government where Akhila is learnt to have converted.

A senior NIA official said the two women, both named Athira, were examined at Kochi last week. “They claimed that they were lured to convert to Islam but no one forced them. We are corroborating their statements,” said an NIA official.

According to NIA officials, one of the women Athira Nambiar who was earlier examined in 2016, wanted to convert to Islam to marry a Muslim man. The agency had first examined Athira Nambiar in 2016 when her parents moved a habeas corpus petition in Kerala High Court against the conversion and the court asked the NIA to probe the matter, they said.


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  1. S
    Oct 19, 2017 at 9:58 pm
    Two women were lured but not forced. What is the difference between lure and force? force at gun point? Love jihad means luring HIndu boys and girls with the love tools of terrorists such as muslim girls and muslim boys. Who will force to change religion at a gun point? How court ignores such very serious and dangerous issue with a soft thinking? If court is not correcting the course, the situation may warrant Hindus take arms or rule to their own hands to protect their community in near future.
    1. Jayant Shachindrarao Wakhale
      Oct 11, 2017 at 9:41 pm
      Why only Hindu girls are converting and not the Muslim boys? Why only Hindu girls are converting and not the Muslim girls? Because Muslim girls are terrorized.
      1. S
        Oct 11, 2017 at 5:04 pm
        If you love someone then there is no harm in marrying inter-caste and inter-religious marriage. Love means respecting the feelings and beliefs of other person. If a person make conversion a prerequisite for marriage then does this mean that he/she respect your freedom? No, this person does not love you. If the person is saying that parent/society wishes so then the person is very weak. On the other hand love is rebellion. If a muslim guy is saying that conversion is must for marriage bcz of society then ask that person if he loves her or society. People should beware of such narrow minded person. Love is very vast and open minded to the point of no-mind. If a spouse wishes to convert on her own wish just out of love or faith then there is no problem but these cases are only less than 1 because no one want to leave their faith. Marriage between Hindus and Sikhs are very common. But there is not even a single instance we have ever heard of conversion. But Muslims and Christians do. Why?
        1. D
          Oct 30, 2017 at 6:57 pm
          First you try to stop all Hindu women from changing their names to the Husband's name when they get married. Ask why only woman changes her name and why not the man. Is her family not a family? You are blind to what happens in your own group...but when it happens across religion you suddenly find it abnormal and as some kind of scam... As for why Muslim women are not marrying Hindu men... 1) They are...you are just saying om statement that they aren't. 2) Maybe Hindu men don't know how to attract women...I mean you can clearly see that they are giving more importance to stopping their women from accessing other religion men, rather than improving themselves...lol
        2. R
          Oct 11, 2017 at 1:47 pm
          Famous scholar Subash Chandra Mudrakaksh of Lucknow had said in an interview that there is no forcible conversion in India. Everyone has freedom here to choose any religion. However, forcible prevention prevails here. Suppose a male or a female wants to change the religion, there are attempts on the part of the family and the society to prevent such a person. He or she is also threatened that you will be deprived of property from inheritance. According to this scholar, forcible conversion and forcible prevention are equal crimes. I hope Judiciary will take note of this point. Those who want to change their religions should take legal action against those who try to prevent them from exercising their cons utional rights.
          1. A
            Ali Baba
            Oct 11, 2017 at 1:50 pm
            In this case, Hadiya can take legal action against her father.
            1. S
              Oct 11, 2017 at 5:10 pm
              Why you muslims are so narrow minded? You always convert people b4 marriage. You people cant live with other societies. Just due your such thinking world is getting away from you. And you call it Islamophobia. Its Islamo-understanding.
            2. P
              Oct 20, 2017 at 8:37 am
              Well said!!
            3. A
              Oct 11, 2017 at 1:19 pm
              Same thing happend in this hadiya conversion case..she was was first befriended by 2 muslim girls, who will parise islam in front of her, then they took her to meet their father, who also praised islam and gave quran to read, then those girls will take their TARGET to meet muslims mens, and then she was converted with full planing and support of the entire family and also local muslim organization....
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