By Muslim Mirror Staff
New Delhi: A team of India’s National Investigation Agency is visiting Bangladesh to probe a so-called ‘love jihad” case. This comes a week after the anti-terror agency questioned a woman on WhatsApp but failed to find any evidence as she maintained that she was happy with her husband in Bangladesh.
The woman told NIA that she had willingly converted to Islam, the Hindustan Times reported quoting people familiar with the development who spoke on condition of anonymity.
The woman had studied with Nafees who is the son of Sardar Shekhawat Hussain, a senior opposition leader belonging to former Prime Minister Khaleda Zia’s Bangladesh Nationalist Party.
The woman’s father, a Chennai-based businessman, complained in May last year that she was abducted in London by Nafees. He alleged that she had been forcibly taken to Bangladesh after she was radicalised and converted to Islam. The woman studied in London with the Bangladesh politician’s son.
Tamil Nadu Police asked the NIA to investigate the matter because it had international ramifications.
The NIA has named Islamic preacher Zakir Naik and two US-based preachers of Pakistan origin as accused in an FIR pertaining to the high-profile case.
After recording her parents’ statement, the country’s premier anti-terror agency contacted her on WhatsApp. “During the questioning (over WhatsApp), she told us that she married him willingly after converting to Islam and has not been forced at all in the marriage. She said she is happy,” an NIA officer who didn’t want to be named told Hindustan Times.
This is not the first time that an NIA probe of a “love jihad” angle has not yielded any evidence of a conspiracy.
NIA’s probe of interfaith marriages in Kerala, including that of Hadiya’s marriage to Shafin Jehan that became a cause célèbre, revealed that there had been no coercion to marry the brides and convert them to Islam. It examined several cases in Kerala where it was alleged that the woman had been forced to convert to Islam. The Supreme Court too, in 2018, overruled a Kerala high court order that annulled the marriage of Hadiya to Jehan, saying the right to marry a person of one’s choice was integral to Article 21 (right to life and liberty) of the Constitution.