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Love Jihad Case: NIA to Maintain Before SC 'Indoctrination' a Pattern in Kerala

The NIA, in its report to the Supreme Court, is likely to maintain that Islamic indoctrination leading to marriages is a pattern in Kerala.

Arunima | CNN-News18Arunima24

Updated:November 25, 2017, 5:28 PM IST
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Love Jihad Case: NIA to Maintain Before SC 'Indoctrination' a Pattern in Kerala
Hadiya, 25, had married Shafin Jahan in December last year after converting to Islam but the marriage was declared null and void by the Kerala HC.
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New Delhi: The woman in the Kerala Love Jihad Case, Hadiya, earlier known as Akhila, has told the National Investigation Agency (NIA) that she married Shafin Jahan of her own accord.

The NIA, in its report to the Supreme Court, is likely to maintain that Islamic indoctrination leading to marriages is a pattern in Kerala.

The NIA has submitted a status report to the apex court ahead of Hadiya's testimony on Monday. Officials, in the know of the report, told CNN-News18 that NIA will stick to its stand. "Mental kidnapping is happening in these cases," an official said.

The investigation agency has questioned at least 6 girls who married Muslim men. Based on their testimonies and other evidence, the NIA is likely to tell the court that indoctrination is a reality.

"Indoctrinated person may be incapable of giving free consent to marriage," the NIA has told the court. The agency has also quizzed Hadiya, her husband Shafin Jahan, Athira Nambiar, and one more girl called Athira, over the last few days.

Popular Front of India's Sainaba was questioned this week after it emerged that in both Hadiya and Athira Nambiar's cases, Sainaba played a role.

Ninety cases of interfaith marriages were referred to the NIA by the state police to examine if "love jihad" was the reason behind these marriages. Of these 90 couples, at least 23 were closely examined. Sources said that the PFI's role and a pattern to convert were found in 11 cases.

The Supreme Court on October 30 had directed Hadiya's father to produce her on next date of hearing (on 27th November) in Delhi.

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| Edited by: Mirza Arif Beg
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