A 17-year-old girl from Hyderabad living in Doha since 1998 has been sent back by her parents to Hyderabad after she fled with a Yemeni girl to Istanbul last September.
When they landed at Istanbul, Turkish immigration authorities suspected something fishy and questioned the two girls separately and were unsatisfied with their answers as to why they were visiting Turkey. They sent them back within four hours to Doha.
Fearing that their daughter may have been influenced by the Yemeni girl to join Islamic State militant group and that was the reason why they went to Turkey, the parents of the girl sent her back to Hyderabad last September.
“She is living at her maternal uncle’s home right now. There is no indication or reason to believe that she or her friend went to Turkey to join the Islamic State, she is just 17 years old. Her parents, who live in Doha, Qatar, have sent her back to Hyderabad as a precautionary measure. We recently recorded details of her arrival to sort out visa extension issues,” an official said.
Officials said that as she is a minor, they want to protect her identity and that an official visited the maternal uncle’s house where she is living now to verify details of her visa and passport.
Hyderabad Police Commissioner M Mahendar Reddy claimed that the two girls may have gone to to Turkey with the intention of joining IS.
“They did not receive any prior training or any such thing and never made it to Syria or Iraq,” Reddy said.