NEW DELHI: Giving fresh ammunition to the love jihad controversy, two Kerala women have deposed before the National Investigation Agency (NIA) stating that they were induced and brainwashed to convert to 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.
In their statements before the NIA, the women said that they were provided literature and audio-video materials relating to hard-line interpretations of the religion and subsequently brainwashed to embrace Islam. The women, however, said that they were not married as yet even after conversion to Islam.
The agency has sought a list from the Kerala Police of the converts who switched their faith since 2015 and subsequently entered into marriage with Muslims. The police has till so far furnished a list of 90 such conversions wherein ‘gullible’ girls were allegedly converted to Islam and in most of the cases there was a pattern that points towards inducements and psychological brainwashing by certain radical groups, sources said.
‘I am a love jihad victim’
Athira, who returned to Hinduism, submitted before the HC that she was a victim of love jihad and was taken to Sathya Sarani, an institution for converting persons to Islam and recruiting them to IS.
‘1,500 Christians converted’
Christian Help Line of Kochi, submitted that more than 1,500 Christian girls were converted to Islam through ‘love jihad’ till date. It was confirmed that more than five Christians were sent to Syria to join the IS, it said.