No organisation or movement in the name of ‘Love Jihad’ or ‘Romeo
Jihad’ is functioning in Kerala, says the report submitted by Jacob
Punnoose, Director General of Police, in the Kerala High Court
The report further adds that no
evidence has been found regarding the functioning of any such
organisation dealing with forced conversion in the state.
The Kerala High Court had asked the
state DGP on September 29 to submit a report on the occurrence of
‘compulsive religious love based conversions’ that have taken place
in Kerala ‘during the last three years’.
The court had also raised questions
like if there was a movement called ‘Romeo Jihad’ or ‘Love Jihad’
functioning in the state. The court ordered the enquiry while
considering two cases in which two MBA students from Pathanamthitta
in south Kerala were allegedly forced to convert to Islam after two
Muslim young men feigned love and married them.
The report, a copy of which is with
the TCN, says that there was no evidence for such activities getting
funds from abroad. Nor was evidence found for such activities going
on in other parts of the country. No proof has been got for such
activities being connected to counterfeiting, smuggling, drug
trafficking and terrorist activities.
The report submitted by the DGP
clearly states there is no evidence of any such organisation or such
activities, but adds that there have been allegations from many
corners that such activities were going on in the state for the past
few years. However, the report points out that ‘there are reasons to
suspect’ the existence of concerted attempts to force girls into
conversion after Muslim boys win them over.
The report further reiterates that
except for the two cases under consideration in the court, there
have not been any cases regarding forced conversions based on love.
And the police had registered complaints and were actively
investigating the matter in the two cases mentioned.
The court had ordered inquiry into the
matter while considering the bail applications of Shahen Shah and
Sirajudheen, natives of Pathanamthitta. The two young men were
accused to have feigned love and forcefully converted two MBA
students to Islam. The men married the girls and were living
together when the girls’ parents filed habeas corpus in the High
Court. The girls had reportedly asked the court permission to go
with their husbands, as they would not be able to live according to
their religious faith when with parents. The court had sent them
with the parents, directing the parents to provide all help for the
girls to follow their religion. But when the girls were presented in
the court the next time, they said that the boys had forcefully
converted them to Islam.
In another development, Shahen Shah
and Sirajudheen, the accused boys, have decided to withdraw their
bail applications submitted at the High Court. The boys have
reportedly said that the decision was taken as they were not sure of
getting justice in the prevailing circumstances. They were widely
hunted by the media in the love jihad controversy.