In her impleading application, the mother of Kerala woman who joined ISIS seeks NIA probe into cases of forced conversion in the country.

Kerala hub of ISIS Love Jihad NIA should probe Mother of Kerala woman moves SC
news Radicalisation Sunday, October 08, 2017 - 13:34

The mother of a Kerala woman who joined the Islamic terror outfit ISIS has called Kerala a "hub of ISIS and Jihad activities" and has asked the Supreme Court to order a probe.  

Bindu Sampath, mother of Nimisha, a Hindu woman who converted to Islam and had gone missing to join the ISIS in 2016, has approached the Supreme Court.

Ironically, Bindu's application that raised serious allegations was filed in the SC on the same day when the Kerala government submitted a counter affidavit at the Supreme Court in the controversial Hadiya case. The government rejecting theories of 'love jihad' and organised conversion had called the NIA probe ordered by the apex court as unwarranted,  

On October 6, the Kerala government had said in its counter affidavit that the state police had thoroughly investigated the case of Hadiya's (born Akhila) conversion to Islam and related activities, and found that no Scheduled Offences were reported.

If at all any such crimes had been committed, the Kerala police is competent enough to report it to the central government, the affidavit had said. 

Read TNM story in detail: Hadiya case: No need for an NIA probe, Kerala govt tells Supreme Court

Through her lawyer Aishwarya Bhatti, Bindu has filed an impleading application, asking the SC to direct the NIA, R & AW & IB to investigate the forced conversion cases in the country. 

Saying that the incidents of forcible conversions and indoctrination is not an isolated incident, but a "well-oiled scheme," Bindu said that the “government & its agencies should deeply investigate these disturbing events & neutralise threat to our country and its social fabric." 

Nimisha, who converted to Islam and took the name Fathima, married Bexen, a Christian convert from Palakkad. In 2016, the couple went missing from Kerala and are now believed to be in Khorasen province of Afghanistan, an ISIS controlled territory. Nimisha, who was pregnant when she went missing, gave birth to a girl child in Afghanistan a few months back. 

Main allegations Bindu makes in her application

In her application to the apex court, Bindu has accused SDPI, the political wing of PFI, of "luring youngsters into radicalisation and recruiting them to ISIS." 

“There is a common pattern & modus operandi for luring vulnerable girls to convert to Islam by feigned love and promise of marriage," Bindu has alleged. 

Reiterating her earlier stance, Bindu has accused one Sajjad Rahman, who Nimisha met at a coaching class in Thiruvananthapuram, of "cajoling and influencing" her daughter. Later, her room mates at her Dental College in Kasargod, allegedly influenced her to adopt Islam and marry Bexen (Isa), Bindu has said. 

Bindu has quoted media reports to say that there are similar cases where young and vulnerable girls are identified, trapped by coercion or fraud marriages, indoctrinated and used for the purpose of propagating terrorist and anti-national activities of Jihad.

She has alleged that the "modus-operandi of these anti-national elements is a very well orchastrated and well oiled scheme," and not an isolated instance. 

Bindu said in her application that there were specific individuals  of the "racket" who operate as honey traps to "entice and entrap young girls in schools and colleges." These girls are lured into converting to Islam by manipulation, Bindu has alleged. 

The case of 21 people who are believed to have joined ISIS in Afghanistan and Syria, is "ample proof of this conspiracy," Bindu said in her application. 

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