No case of love jihad, Court told

 
The High Court had earlier asked for a DGP probe into the love jihad cases, after the girl’s father C Selva Raj of Chamarajnagar filed a habeas corpus petition saying that his daughter had eloped with Azkar of Kannur and was detained in a madrasa in Malappuram district in Kerala.

The father claimed that the girl was a victim of love jihad, where girls from non-Muslim families were being made to fall in love with Muslim boys and later brainwashed and trained for anti-national activities.

On being produced before Justice K Sreedhar Rao and Justice Ravi Malimath, the girl had said that she had left her parents home on her own accord and had entered into the madrasa to study the tenets of Islam.

The Court had then ordered a DGP-level inquiry seeking report in three weeks time and instructed the girl to stay with her parents during that period.

The DGP office submitted an interim report to the High Court and concluded that this particular instance did not appear to be related to any organised movement to convert non-Muslim girls to Islam religion and enquiries had shown that the girl herself had taken an active role in marrying the boy, Azkar. The report also states that the boy did not have any relation with any Muslim organisation and that the girl had joined the madrasa at the behest of the Azkar’s mother.

While the report says that no specific instances of love jihad  have been found in Karnataka, they are collecting information of non-Muslim girls of Karnataka, who have fallen in love and married Muslim boys from January 1, 2005 to ascertain their present status in order to get a better picture. The report specifically states that so far  they have been unable to pinpoint whether any systematic planning has gone behind the so- called love jihad or whether it is an organised movement at all.

The Bench has directed the police to submit the final report on January 18, 2010.

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