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Arrested at Delhi airport: No IS plans, wanted to lead ‘true Islamic life’, woman tells police

Three months ago, Rashid married Yasmeen, reportedly with the consent of his first wife Ayisha, a new convert.”

Written by Shaju Philip | Thiruvananthapuram |
August 9, 2016 2:18:01 am

THE WOMAN from Bihar who was arrested at Delhi airport last week before she was to board a flight to Kabul with her five-year-old son is learnt to have told police that she had no plans of joining the Islamic State, and was going to Afghanistan only to lead a “true Islamic life”.

Yasmeen Muhammed (28) was reportedly in touch with one of the missing youths from Kerala, identified as Abdul Rashid. She is learnt to have told police that after being abandoned by her husband, she married Rashid about three months back.

“Rashid had sent her photographs of Afghan villages, saying that they can lead an Islamic life there. She claims she was aware of the cruelties of the Islamic State and never wanted to join it,” a police officer said.

Police said Yasmeen was born and raised in the Gulf and pursued higher education from Bengaluru.

The officer said: “Her attitude towards life changed after meeting Rashid at the Kottakkal campus of Peace International School, where she and her husband worked. Rashid emerged in her life as a mediator in a domestic issue with her husband, who later abandoned her.

Three months ago, Rashid married Yasmeen, reportedly with the consent of his first wife Ayisha, a new convert.”

Ayisha, too, went missing with Rashid, the officer added.

Yasmeen now speaks of a “true Islamic life” devoid of TV, cinema or any other form of entertainment, the officer said. “A Muslim-only country, where she can leave as per Quran, is her destination. She claims joining the IS was never in her agenda — the orthodox Islamic way of life was her aim. We are verifying the details,’’ the officer said.

According to the police, her relatives in Bihar have been informed about her arrest, but they are yet to get back.

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