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No evidence of 'love jihad', rules Kerala HC

Sunday December 12, 2010 05:28:00 PM, Pervez Bari,

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Bhopal: The Kerala High Court has finally ruled that there is no evidence to suggest the existence of "love jihad".

The High Court made this clear while considering the plea of Shahansha from Pathanamthitta. He approached the court seeking to withdraw the case against him as the case filed against him in Thiruvananthapuram cantonment police station had no locus standi.

Reports reaching here from Kochi said that Justice Sasidharan Nambiar, who earlier directed the police to put an end to the investigation that falsely portray one particular community in bad light, had asked the police for a report in this regard. The police submitted the investigative reports from the Thiruvananthapuram and Ernakulam district courts. Based on these reports, the High Court has found that there is no evidence against the accused. The police were unable to present any evidence to the allegations of "love jihad".

The "love jihad" controversy erupted in Kerala after two college girls from Pathanamthitta embraced Islam and decided to live with their class mates (one of whom is Shahansha). The girls’ parents filed Habeas Corpus in the High Court. Following this the Kerala state’s mainstream media and certain outfits started creating the false impression that under the garb of "Muslim terrorism", Muslim boys were converting non-Muslims girls into Islam. The prosecution parroted the media version in the court.

Even though the girls asked the court to let them live as Muslims, the court did not pay heed to it and sent them along with their parents. When the case was taken up next time, the girls refused to go with the boys. But, Thiruvananthapuram assistant commissioner filed cases against the boys. They were threatened and raids conducted at their homes. The boys approached the High Court seeking anticipatory bails. But the court ruled that the allegation of "love jihad" should be enquired into.

Later, Shahansha again sought High Court’s intervention to withdraw the investigation. While disposing off his petition, Justice Sasidharan Nambiar made it clear that the investigation was aimed at a particular community and that it has to be withdrawn as there was no evidence in this regard, the reports said. (







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