Chennai: Four Hindu girls, who wanted to convert themselves to Islam, today moved the Madras High Court for police protection, alleging that their parents and others were opposed to it and had threatened them with dire consequences if they went ahead with the move.
Justice K Mohanram, before whom the petition filed by K Lokeshwari, K Ambika, K Sharmila and M Kalaiselvi, came up for hearing, adjourned it to November 22.
The Judge orally directed the girls to be present in the court on that day and file individual affidavits narrating the threat perception.
The girls, hailing from Thanjavur District, submitted that they were majors. Their area was a Muslim dominated area. Because of their long and continous interaction with the Muslims, they have understood Islam and recognised the nobleness of Islam. So, they wanted to covert to Islam.
They took the decision to convert without any inducement or coercion from any one and came to the city on November 7 last for the purpose.
They met the office bearers of Tamil Nadu Thouhid Jamath, who also expressed their readiness to help them to covert to Islam. On knowing this, their parents on the next day came to Chennai and tried to persuade them to return to Thanjavur. But they refused. Then, their parents threatened them with dire consequences, they submitted.
Their parents also lodged a complaint with police in Thanjavur as if they were forcibly taken out for some illegal purpose by a doctor, the girls said.
Some of the political parties there also announced protests and bandh. The conduct of their parents and the political parties created an apprehension that they were not safe, they submitted.