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Bangalore: The false and derogatory propaganda by the Sanghpariwar organizations faced a heavy blow when the Karnataka High court expunged a habeas corpus application filed by the parents of Ashwini (now Fathima) who converted to Islam and married a Muslim youth, reports


According to the report published today in the leading South Indian portal, the court stated that Ashwini, who is now Noor Fathima, was over 18 and had converted to Islam on her own individual accord and right and married Irfan also on her own accord.


There was no compulsion or force on her to convert to Islam and marry Irfan, it said.


Talking to the press reporters, after the High Court delivered its verdict in the case, Noor Fathima, who was completely clad in veil, reiterated that she had converted to Islam and married Irfan on her own will and that to describe it as love jihad was lack of commonsense.


She further said that not having any strong point to present before the court her parents attempted to prove her mentally weak before the court, which was rejected by the court itself.


The report says, Irfan on this occasion, accused the police and some Sanghpariwar activists for harassment and said that his parents had to face trouble, which he and Fathima bravely faced with.


The divisional bench consisted of Justice Sridhar Rao and Justice Subhash Adi, High Court, which delivered its judgment on the habeas corpus application, filed in the court by Srinivas, a resident of Gadikoppa in Shimoga district, on December 15, 2009.


According to the report, in its ruling the court held that the girl was adult and had married and converted to Islam on her own will, without having any pressure, force or compulsion from anybody. The court also maintained that currently she was mentally balanced. Hence, the case couldn't be held as that of kidnap, missing or forced, it said.

The court delivered its ruling after taking the statement of Noor Fathima who was accompanied by her husband. On this occasion, presenting her statement Fathima said that she had embraced Islam on her own will rather than any force or compulsion.

“A few days ago I had the habit of talking while in sleep. However, I am mentally balanced. My parents presented the fake health certificate", quoted her as saying.


She said that she had not taken any treatment for this and that she is mentally sound. After the hearing of the case Karnataka High court permitted Fathima to live with Irfan.

The report further said, in their habeas corpus application her parents had complained that after a phone call in the year 2004, the mental balance of their daughter was affected and since then she was not talking to anyone. The doctors had suggested that she must not be given any mental pressure and must take rest accordingly, their daughter Ashwini was living in her home from 2005 to 2008. Ashwini had resumed her education in the year 2009, the habeas corpus said.

It is said that, while studying for her B.Sc. degree in Shimoga's DVS College, she fell in love with the son of Basheer, a businessmen of Shimoga. Later, to keep her away from Irfan she was sent to her grand mother's home. On November 4, 2009 it came to light that she eloped with Irfan. After a complete search, a complaint was registered in the police station. Even the period of 40 days, after her missing, when there was no headway her father Y.S. Srinivas motivated by the Sanghpariwar activists had appealed to the court to help him to find her.

It may be noted that many intellectuals and writers had supported the cause of conversion and her marriage to Irfan as she had done it on her own accord. One of them was Ravi Belegere, a well known Journalist of “Hai Bengaluru” fame. He was also present at the court when the verdict was and the the Habeas Corpus application expunged of Srinivas. On this occasion, Ravi Belegere condemned the attempts of dividing the love on the basis of religion.

Meanwhile, the report says, Irfan in a statement given to the press said that he had not forced Noor Fathima (Ashwini) in any way to convert into Islam. "It was sheer love for him that motivated her to convert into Islam", quoted Irfan as saying.






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