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JIH denies allegations against its girls' wing

Sunday March 31, 2013 08:38:30 PM, Agencies

Mumbai: Intelligence agencies in Maharashtra have sent letters to all police stations in Mumbai asking them to monitor the activities of the Girls Islamic Organization (GIO). The organization is trying to "motivate girls towards Islam", the letter warned, a media report said. GIO is girls' wing of Jamaat-e-Islami in India and denies the allegations.

 

The letter stated that the GIO is trying to recruit young women and girls.

 

It also mentioned names of two women, Swaleha Baji and Smaiyya. While the former has been referred as the Maharashtra chief of GIO, Smaiyya is said to be recruiting people, according to a report published in the Times of India and some other newspapers.

"People are now attracted towards science. These women are trying to ask girls to wear a burqa and study Islam. We have asked police stations to monitors their activities," The Times of India quoted Sanjay Shintre, who heads the special branch's intelligence wing, as saying.

 

However, the Jamat office, an official spokesperson vehemently denied the allegations and said they were planning to sue the Mumbai police for making defamatory statements against them.

 

“We are not a violent organisation. Our job is to connect with Muslims across the country and do good work. We work for social reforms and fight for women’s rights too", Sunday Mid-Day quoted Tauffiq Aslam Khan, president of Jamaat-e-Islami Hind, as saying.

 

"We do believe in Jihad, but in non-violent, spiritual Jihad. We are considering legal action against the Mumbai police,” he added.



 


 


 




 

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