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No evidence of `Love Jihad`: K`taka CID interim report

Last Updated: Friday, November 13, 2009 - 16:19

Bangalore: Karnataka CID on Friday sought a two-month time from the state High Court to further probe `Love Jihad`, where girls from other religious background are allegedly lured to marriage and converted to Islam.

However, the CID said it has not found any evidence of
`Love Jihad` in a case involving the marriage of a non-Muslim
girl from Karnataka with a Kerala Muslim youth.

In an interim report, CID said, "There seems to be no
prima facie evidence of `Love Jihad` in the case of Siljaraj
of Karnataka`s Chamarajanagar district marrying Asgar of
Kannur district of Kerala. Siljaraj has married Asgar out of
her own volition."

However, there was a need to investigate reports of `Love
Jihad` in parts of coastal Karnataka and Kerala, it said and
prayed for two months time, which the court granted.

A Division Bench comprising Justice K Sreedhara Rao and
Justice Ravi B Mallimath, which adjourned the case to January
18, said Siljaraj was free to go anywhere as she is a major.

On October 21, the Bench while hearing a habeas corpus
petition had directed the Karnataka and Kerala Police to
jointly investigate aspects of alleged `Love Jihad` and its
ramifications and submit a report today.

The court had also directed the girl to live with her
parents till the police filed their report.

The girl`s father C Selvaraj had submitted that his
daughter disappeared on August 8 and later he received a call
on August 15 from Asgar that he had married Siljaraj as per
Islamic law.

Bureau Report

First Published: Friday, November 13, 2009 - 16:19

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