Supreme Court Orders NIA Probe Into 'Kerala Love Jihad' Case

Barsaba Taglieri
Agosto 16, 2017

The Supreme Court has ordered the NIA to probe the issue raised by a Muslim man whose marriage was annulled by the Kerala High Court that described it as a case of "love jihad", reports CNN-News18.

The Supreme Court Bench, comprising of Chief Justice JS Khehar and Justice DY Chandrachud, has ordered the NIA to probe into the Kerala case, in which a girl was allegedly forced to convert to Islam, after being kidnapped and married to a Muslim man.

The marriage of the converted girl with Jahan was nullified by the Kerala High Court.

The top court said a former judge will supervise the NIA's investigation. Also in case the NIA fails to reach the roots, the Kerala authorities will have ample scope to put the blame on the agency and get itself rid of any baggage.

The order came after Kapil Sibal, appearing for the petitioner, Shafeen Jahan, said the court should decide the issue after speaking to the girl.

The bench directed the NIA to submit its final investigation report in the court to enable it to arrive at any conclusion in the matter.

"It will be appropriate if the court calls the woman and talk to her", he said while objecting to the NIA probe saying the crime branch was already investigating the case and it would be appropriate if it completed the investigation. The Bench responded that it will hear her, but not at the initial stage.

The National Investigation Agency (NIA) has concluded investigation into some alleged cases of "love jihad" in which women were allegedly being sent to Syria to join the dreaded terror group ISIS, the official said. It will be unfair to you. The woman's father has alleged that the conversion was a case of "love jihad". "Therefore we would speak to her at the last stage before passing any orders", the bench said. Though the woman, who is an adult, has repeatedly maintained that she converted to Islam voluntarily and wished to be with her husband, the investigative agency told the court that hers was not an isolated case and could be part of a larger ploy to convert Hindu girls to Islam if they had any trouble with their parents, the Times of India reported.

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