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Two held for alleged conversion attempt

Kerala Police launched a detailed probe into a forceful religious conversion incident after a young woman approached police against her husband and mother-in-law alleging physical and mental torture.

Published: 18th July 2017 10:05 AM  |   Last Updated: 18th July 2017 10:05 AM   |  A+A-

By Express News Service

KOZHIKODE: Kerala Police on Monday launched a detailed probe into a forceful religious conversion incident after a young woman approached police against her husband and mother-in-law alleging physical and mental torture for refusing to accede to their wish to embrace Islam.

Based on the complaint lodged by the woman from Mukkam, police arrested her husband identified as Ahmed Nabeel, 24, and his mother Ramla, 66, of Chennamangallur. Mukkam Sub Inspector Abhilash K P said a detailed probe was on in connection with the incident and the arrested were remanded to judicial custody.

In her complaint, the woman alleged mental and physical torture from her husband and mother-in-law for resisting the conversion bid. An investigation was also on to ascertain the role of an Islamic study centre at Manjeri where the woman was taken by her husband and mother-in-law for conversion.

Police said the woman, who belonged to Hindu community, married Ahmed after they fell in love. The two registered their marriage in February 2017. In her complaint, she also alleged torture by her husband’s relatives.

The incident came to light when the woman informed about the issue to her parents who in turn sought the help of the police. Police registered a case under IPC Sections 498 A (husband or relative of husband of a woman subjecting her to cruelty), 295-A (deliberate and malicious acts, intended to outrage religious feelings of any class), 323 (punishment for voluntarily causing hurt) and 342 (punishment for wrongful confinement).



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