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Kerala HC says 'All inter-faith marriages can't be termed love jihad'

Kerala HC says 'All inter-faith marriages can't be termed love jihad'

The case is under consideration of the Apex Court now, which had ordered the NIA investigation into it.

It must be noted that earlier, the Kerala government had said that if the apex court wants an NIA probe, it has no objections. The attack was described as retaliation for a "blasphemous" question he had put to his students in a college. The women, however, said that they were not married as yet even after conversion to Islam.

The NIA is yet to find any "terror" angle in the conversions, an official said.

But a NIA officer says it will need to go beyond establishing a link between people connected to the PFI after converting the partner to Islam and the inter-faith marriages.

The government told the top court that the claims made by the National Investigation Agency that there was a "pattern" in the way religious conversions were taking place in Kerala were false.

'We spoke to two Athiras and both have said that they were lured in.

Kasargod resident Athira alias Ayesha and Palakkad resident Athira Nambiar have both told NIA that they were lured.

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Athira, who returned to Hinduism, submitted before the HC that she was a victim of love jihad and was taken to Sathya Sarani, an institution for converting persons to Islam and recruiting them to IS. She said that she was infuenced by Zakir Naik videos on Islam and also after observing her Muslim friends.

The second Athira from Palakad eloped with a Muslim man and converted to marry him.

The NIA suspects the role of Popular Front of India in both the cases.

Ashokan K M had alleged that PFI activists forced his daughter Akhila Asokan to convert and take the name of Hadiya. "In May, the Kerala High Court" t had annulled the marriage, acting on a petition filed by her father, who claimed that Muslim organisations planned to take her overseas to get her to join the Islamic State group.

Later, the high court annulled the marriage, calling it a case of "love jihad", and sent Hadiya back to her father's custody.

In fact, the top court had also question the Kerala High Court how it could annul the marriage of Hadiya and Shafeen Jahan under Article 26. But Jahan approached the Supreme Court against the annulment.