The Supreme Court had recently upheld the marriage of Hadiya to Shafin Jahan which was earlier annulled in 2017 by the Kerala High Court. The SC held, however, that the NIA was free to probe the Love Jihad angle and take it to its logical conclusion. It said that marriage between two consenting adults cannot be annulled by the court.
While many chose to echo the “love wins” angle, disturbing details have now emerged about formerly Akhila Asokan and now Hadiya, meeting the chief of a suspected Islamist organisation PFI three days after the verdict.
Kerala: Hadiya, along with her husband, met Popular Front of India (PFI) chairman E. Aboobacker (in white) in Kozhikode, yesterday. pic.twitter.com/MIkmbeYrPA
— ANI (@ANI) March 11, 2018
PFI is allegedly involved in hypnotic counselling of Hindu girls in order to convert them in their religious centres as per NIA investigations. A religious facilitation centre managed by PFI called ‘Sathyasarini/Markaz Hidaya Da’wa Institute’ in Manjeri, Kerala is allegedly connected with 9 out of 11 cases of ‘Love-Jihad’ investigated by NIA. ‘Love Jihad’ is a term known in the mainstream media for the modus operandi of Islamists to lure Hindu women into marrying them, with the ulterior motive of converting their religion to Islam.
The institute is allegedly targeting the subconscious of the inmates to convert them. In addition to this, NIA has claimed that the organisation is also using allurement, confinement and coercion as part of their tactics. In response to these allegations, the public relations director of PFI told TOI that the NIA was wilfully maligning PFI. The Supreme Court had asked NIA to continue the probe but not to interfere in Hadiya’s marriage.
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— TIMES NOW (@TimesNow) March 11, 2018
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The minister of state for home affairs Kiren Rijiju had also tweeted that some elements in Kerala government had asked for a ban of PFI.
Wrong quote.. I didn’t say Kerala Govt sought ban on PFI. I said some elements in the Kerala Govt and many strongly feel so. https://t.co/6KGzwRQLwG
— Kiren Rijiju (@KirenRijiju) February 15, 2018
A report of a detailed presentation on PFI given by Kerala Police Chief at the DGP meet in Tekanpur, Madhya Pradesh has also raised eyebrows on the activities of this organisation. BJP in Karnataka and Kerala have called for the ban of PFI for their alleged involvement in communal incidents and targeted political murders. Yet no action has been taken on the organisation so far.
While many have disputed the ulterior religious motive and have tried to discredit the “love jihad” phenomenon, Hadiya’s recent meeting with extremists points to a very different and dangerous direction.