Supreme Court directs NIA probe into Kerala 'love jihad' case

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After the Supreme Court asked the National Investigation Agency (NIA) to begin an investigation into an alleged conversion and radicalisation of a Hindu woman and her marriage to a Muslim in Kerala, the latter said that it is not an "isolated incident" and saw a "pattern" emerging in the southern state.

The Supreme Court Bench, comprising of Chief Justice JS Khehar and Justice DY Chandrachud, has ordered the NIA to probe into the Kerala case, in which a girl was allegedly forced to convert to Islam, after being kidnapped and married to a Muslim man.

Appearing before the Kerala high court, Hadiya had said she converted to Islam before she met Shafin, Hindustan Times reported.

Sibal's plea that the apex court should first talk to the 25-year old girl before handing over the probe to the NIA was shot down by the court.

Last week, the top Court had ordered the Kerala Police to share with the NIA the probe details of a case.

Senior advocate Kapil Sibal, appearing for the husband Shafin Jahan who is the petitioner, said he can submit an affidavit to showcase U-turns made by NIA in several cases.

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It directed the probe agency to furnish the report to it after completing the investigation.

It was alleged that the woman was recruited by Islamic State's mission in Syria and Jahan was only a stooge. The girls first get converted and then they refuse to stay with their family members and subsequenctly their marriage is done. So, naturally, when the NIA will start its investigation after today's order of the Supreme Court, it will cover all such suspicious cases, the official said.

On August 4, the girl's father Ashokan K M claimed she fell victim to a "well-oiled radicalization and conversion campaign" over there.

"If we talk to her now, everything would be over", the bench said, adding let the investigation into the matter be over. "Therefore we would speak to her at the last stage before passing any orders", the bench said.

Earlier, the Kerala High Court had termed the marriage as "null and void" terming the arrangement as "love Jihad" and ordering the state police to look into such matters.