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
GIO is girls' wing of Jamaat-e-Islami in India and denies the
The letter stated
that the GIO is trying to recruit young women and girls.
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,
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.