Not withstanding ugly mud slinging between Centre and state of Kerala over Love Jihad, two women who recently converted to Islam told National Investigation Agency (NIA) that they were lured to convert. This has further solidified anti-terror agency’s case of systematic conversion in the ‘God’s own Country’. This disclosure was made when the women were examined by agency sleuths last week.
Kasargod resident Athira alias Ayesha and Palakkad resident Athira Nambiar have both told NIA that they were lured. Speaking to India Today, a senior officer of the NIA said, “We have spoken to both Athiras who have said they were lured. Both also specified that they were not coerced. The conversion cannot take place through luring.”
While what sort of lure was offered is not known, the families of women feel there is a plot to convert them. However the agency has so far not discovered any terror angle to the conversion.
Reconverted to Hinduism, Athira alias Ayesha from Kasargod is said to have told interrogators that she was influenced by controversial televangelist and wanted accused Zakir Naik. She was also reportedly influenced by Muslim friends.
Another woman by the same name from Palakad eloped with a Muslim man and converted in a bid to marry him. In both these cases NIA suspects the role of Popular Front of India (PFI) and Social Democratic Party of India (SDPI).
The NIA is also examining role of Malappuram Sainaba AS who is also the President of PFI’s women’s wing, the National Women’s Front (NWF). The NIA is looking into aspects whether the organisation was actively involved in conversion of unsuspecting women to Islam.
NWF was formed in 2009 for upliftment of Muslim women in Kerala but is reportedly involved in vigorous campaign to win over relatively less educated women to spread ideology of PFI and conversion of non Muslims to Islam. PFI with its multiple fronts like Satyasarini and NWF is possibly responsible for conversion of women like Hadiya and Athira to Islam.
Hadiya’s father had filed a petition with the Kerala High Court, alleging that she had been ‘forcibly’ converted to Islam, and stating that his daughter could be taken away to Syria. Father Ashokan KM had alleged that PFI activist forced his daughter Akhila Asokan to convert and take the name Hadiya.
The same men are also suspected to have “encouraged” Athira’s conversion, according to sources in the NIA.
The Kerala government which is involved in a bitter battle of war of words with the Centre has vehemently opposed NIA probe in the Love Jihad case.
The state police have referred over 94 inter-faith marriage cases to NIA.
Section 57 of Kerala Police Act allows police to attempt to trace missing girls in danger or not under the protection of guardianship. “Not all cases referred to agency by Kerala police would be of Love Jihad, but we suspect there may be at least 23 cases where deliberate conversion have taken place to fructify marriages,” a senior officer told India Today on basis of anonymity.
While Hadiya’s case may have propelled other cases of alleged “Love Jihad”, NIA’s own investigation revealed that conversion of four non-Muslims took place in 2014 who later joined a group of 20 traveling to Afghanistan to join ISIS. The one’s who converted were Bestin Vincent (Yahiya) and Merrin Jacob (Mariyam), as well as Bexen Vincent (Isa) and Nimisha (Fatima).
Nimisha’s parents have pleaded that their daughter’s case is also a case of love jihad. The NIA is likely to await directions from the court as the case involves conversion for the purpose of terror.
Also among the 24 missing Kerala youth is Ayesha, a Christian named Sonia who embraced Islam just before her marriage to Rashid. The couple took their daughter Sarah along with them.
So far 40 PFI activists have been questioned in this connection with the case. NIA investigation is now focused on ascertaining PFI link to these marriages is limited to converting people to Islam or training them for terror activities.
Source : India Today