Kerala government soft on terror, says Ravi Shankar Prasad

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The disclosure was made when the women were examined by the NIA, which has been probing systematic conversions in "God's own country", last week. The cases involve marriages of men and women of three faiths - Hindu, Christian and Islam.

Both women named Athira, with different surnames recently appeared before the NIA office in Kochi and recorded their statements wherein they said they were induced into converting their faith from Hinduism to Islam.

When the advocate for the yoga centre argued that Sruthi's marriage was a case of love jihad, the court said "Don't say love jihad in every here and there, " The Indian Express reports. "In May, the Kerala High Court" t had annulled the marriage, acting on a petition filed by her father, who claimed that Muslim organisations planned to take her overseas to get her to join the Islamic State group.

'We spoke to two Athiras and both have said that they were lured in. Both also specified that they were not coerced.

While what sort of lure was offered is not known, the families of women feel there is a plot to convert them. But, the agency has so far not discovered any terror angle to the conversion. She said that she had been influenced by Zakir Naik videos and after observing her Muslim friends, she converted to Islam.

The second Athira from Palakad eloped with a Muslim man and converted to marry him. In both these cases NIA suspects the role of Popular Front of India (PFI) and Social Democratic Party of India (SDPI). PFI with its multiple fronts like Satyasarini and NWF is possibly responsible for conversion of women like Hadiya and Athira to Islam.

Ashokan K M had alleged that PFI activists forced his daughter Akhila Asokan to convert and take the name of Hadiya.

The court also allowed Sruti to go with Anees.

Several Hindutva groups have alleged a conspiracy behind cases of marriage between Muslim men and Hindu women, and have termed the trend love jihad.

The Hadiya case is complicated by many dimensions like a woman's freedom of choice in the matter of marriage and religion, the high court's questionable orders and comments, and the context of "love jihad" and radicalisation in which the case is framed.

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