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Aparna’s conversion to Shahana: Is it Forced Islamic Conversion of Hindus in Kerala?

Aparna was traced at Sathya Sarini, an institute that aims to spread the word of Islam among non-Muslim communities

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  • An estimated 5,793 non-Muslims have been forcibly converted to Islam between 2011 and 2015
  • A recent shock of 21 people had gone missing comes another case of a girl converted from Aparna to Shahana
  • A similar case of Kerala’s Nimisha turning Fathima got the public’s fury recently

Aparna, a student of aeronautical engineering in Kochi, suddenly went missing one day. In this precarious situation, her mother was left with no option and filed a missing report with the Kerala Police. After the investigation, she was located in Calicut.

Aparna was traced at Sathya Sarini, an institute that aims to spread the word of Islam among non-Muslim communities. She had now been converted as a Muslim, going from Aparna to Shahana. A revelation that shook the whole country!

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Women come as a soft target for forced Muslim conversions. Source: express.co.uk
Women come as a soft target for forced Muslim conversions.
Source: express.co.uk

An intelligence report prepared by Kerala’s state police has recognised two conversion centres in Kozhikode (or Calicut) and Malappuram which has converted people to Islam over these years. An estimated 5,793 non-Muslims have been forcibly converted to Islam between 2011 and 2015. It is also feared that the number of converted Muslims at ‘unrecognised’ centres is much higher.

Aparna was a hostel resident from August 2013 at Jual Education Trust, Ernakulam.

Demonstration against forced Islamic conversion and Love Jihad. Source: www.pri.org
Demonstration against forced Islamic conversion and Love Jihad.
Source: www.pri.org

The TOI report also states, more than half of the converted people are women. An approximate of 76% of the total are women below 35 years of age, with Nimisha alias Fathima and Aparna as some of the easy targets. Aparna now refuses to go home with her parents, and when presented before the High Court, she insisted on going with Sumayya, who also took Aparna to the court. This is the face of extreme Islamic radicalism that the nation and worldwide countries are encountering with.

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The religious conversion centres ‘authorised’ in the state are Tharbiyathul Islam Sabha, Kozhikode, and Monunsthil Islam Sabha, Ponnani, where most conversions take place. Allegedly 4,719 of those converted were Hindus and the rest 1,074 were Christian, mentioned a TOI report.

Another detailed report is to be carried out to ascertain whether the cases of Nimisha and Aparna are forced conversions and if they have joined ISIS. “Inquiries are required to know whether this will affect the communal harmony, internal security of the state and nation. A detailed SSB (State Special Branch) inquiry in Kasaragod, Kannur, Alappuzha, Thiruvananthapuram, and Palakkad is recommended to unearth the details,” said the report that was sent by the SP of Kasaragod, A. Srinivas, who had also investigated the case of Nimisha’s conversion in November 2015.

– prepared by Chetna Karnani, at NewsGram. Twitter: @karnani_chetna

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  • regardless_of

    It’s very unfortunate nowadays that journalism inspired by hate spreading of rss had stooped so low! instead of an introspection on hostile Hindu practices against women, this article is trying to portray that an adult girl has been”forced”to escape a life of oppression and subjugation.grow up “Hindu isis” !!

    • Berserker

      yes you mullehs have such friendly practices for women…covering 2 year olds in burqas….and hindu isis …..you are so funny..

  • Manthra koliyer

    Religion should not be forced on anybody.

  • Anubhuti Gupta

    If it indeed it was forced conversion it is a truly sad news with complicated implications for country.

  • sas_sarma

    The time has come to ban conversions, declare India as Hindu state. Those who talk of freedom of religion should do it in Saudi Arabia, Iran and other countries. The conversion through sword is as dangerous as conversion through smile and service.

  • Zimbobaba

    When Turkey govt.,banned Khaffiye ( muslim caps ) in Turkey there was a huge opposition in muslim world including India. Even Gandhi asked hindus to stand by the freedom of Muslim “brothers”. Muslims took out violent rallies thru out India. While doing so, they hurt Hindus out of anger and forcibly converted nearly 30,000 hindus in Mallaparam district in India. Gandhi was compelled to roll back the agitation.

    In Kerala, Catholics are busy converting hindus. They joined muslims, keeping a watchful eye on them too as they hate the muslims too. Both, Muslims and catholics also use communists to hurt and kill hindus deliberately brutally . But muslims intimidate hindus and christians alike under the full protection of Sonia Gandhi and AP combo.

    The fattu Mawalli baxxxrds like Rajdeep, Barkha, Karan , etc….are silent. They themselves are so much afraid and become gilipil to talk about muslims. They are shamelessly busy abusing Modi, bcs. it is easy.

  • regardless_of

    Surprisingly , the centuries old practice of subjugation of women in India ,still continues in 21st century, where an adult woman cannot choose who she can marry , what her faith should be ,or what she should wear ,,

  • regardless_of

    It’s very unfortunate nowadays that journalism inspired by hate spreading of rss had stooped so low! instead of an introspection on hostile Hindu practices against women, this article is trying to portray that an adult girl has been”forced”to escape a life of oppression and subjugation.grow up “Hindu isis” !!

    • Berserker

      yes you mullehs have such friendly practices for women…covering 2 year olds in burqas….and hindu isis …..you are so funny..

  • Manthra koliyer

    Religion should not be forced on anybody.

  • Anubhuti Gupta

    If it indeed it was forced conversion it is a truly sad news with complicated implications for country.

  • sas_sarma

    The time has come to ban conversions, declare India as Hindu state. Those who talk of freedom of religion should do it in Saudi Arabia, Iran and other countries. The conversion through sword is as dangerous as conversion through smile and service.

  • Zimbobaba

    When Turkey govt.,banned Khaffiye ( muslim caps ) in Turkey there was a huge opposition in muslim world including India. Even Gandhi asked hindus to stand by the freedom of Muslim “brothers”. Muslims took out violent rallies thru out India. While doing so, they hurt Hindus out of anger and forcibly converted nearly 30,000 hindus in Mallaparam district in India. Gandhi was compelled to roll back the agitation.

    In Kerala, Catholics are busy converting hindus. They joined muslims, keeping a watchful eye on them too as they hate the muslims too. Both, Muslims and catholics also use communists to hurt and kill hindus deliberately brutally . But muslims intimidate hindus and christians alike under the full protection of Sonia Gandhi and AP combo.

    The fattu Mawalli baxxxrds like Rajdeep, Barkha, Karan , etc….are silent. They themselves are so much afraid and become gilipil to talk about muslims. They are shamelessly busy abusing Modi, bcs. it is easy.

  • regardless_of

    Surprisingly , the centuries old practice of subjugation of women in India ,still continues in 21st century, where an adult woman cannot choose who she can marry , what her faith should be ,or what she should wear ,,

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Emergence of Radical Political Groups Raises Concern in Pakistan

Concerns are being voiced about how a few radical groups with proven terror ties have been allowed to re-brand themselves as political parties.

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Rising concerns in Pakistan regarding radical terrorist groups establishing themselves as political parties. VOA
Rising concerns in Pakistan regarding radical terrorist groups establishing themselves as political parties. VOA
  • Tension in Pakistan increasing due to emergence of Radical Political Groups.
  • Extremist groups are gaining a footing in Country’s politics.
  • According to reports, goverment’s efforts are not enough to stop the emerging radicalism in Pakistan.

Concerns are being voiced in Pakistan about how a few radical groups with proven terror ties have been allowed to re-brand themselves as political parties.

Taj Haider, one of the prominent and founding members of the opposition Pakistan People’s Party (PPP), which has been in power five times since 1970, told VOA the country is again seeing the trend of extremist groups camouflaging themselves to enter into politics.

“Religion and politics cannot go hand in hand, but unfortunately this is our new reality. We have seen the recent by-elections in Lahore and Peshawar where militant-turned-political parties were able to mobilize people and gather votes,” Haider said. “And these so-called new political parties, with proven terror records, look determined to contest the upcoming elections in 2018.”

In a recent high-level party meeting presided by PPP chairman Bilawal Bhutto Zardari, the son of Pakistan’s slain Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto, the government was sharply criticized on its inability to forcefully implement the National Action Plan and bar proscribed groups from entering the political sphere.

The National Action Plan is a 20-point strategy devised to combat extremism in 2015 that clearly states no banned groups can operate in the country by changing their names or identity.

Analysts say many other political parties are also agitated and wary about the recent political dynamic that has allowed radicalized groups to enter the political arena.

“The government has repeatedly said it will not allow the hardliners to enter into politics, but the reality is different, these parties are going into masses,” Rasul Baksh Raees, a prominent analyst from Pakistan told VOA.

“As long as these proscribed groups stick to their extreme ideologies and violence, they will be a danger to the society and democracy itself.”

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Hafiz Saeed, head of the Pakistani religious party. (AP Photo/K.M. Chaudary)

PPP’s acute criticism came as Hafiz Saeed, the alleged mastermind of 2008 Mumbai terror attacks and leader of Jamaat-ud-Dawa (JuD), inaugurated the office of his newly launched political party Milli Muslim League (MML) in the eastern city of Lahore.

Pakistan’s Election Commission rejected MML’s party registration application in October, citing its link to Jamaat-ud-Dawa, a U.S. designated terror-sponsoring organization.

But MML looks determined to contest the upcoming state and provincial elections. The party has several offices, has launched a website, and has a social media team spreading its messages through Facebook and Twitter.

Pakistan’s government has repeatedly emphasized it will not tolerate any political party with a proven record of promoting violence and terrorism to use democracy and political means to spread their extreme ideologies.

But critics still say the government is not doing enough to stop radical groups from entering politics.

“Look what happened in Lahore’s recent by-election and who can forget the power show by extremists on the roads of Islamabad. The government was totally helpless,” Raees said.

During the Lahore election in September, a MML backed independent candidate secured the fourth position in the race. The by-election was also contested by Tehreek-e-Labbaik (TeL), another extremist religious party created to carry-on Mumtaz Qadri’s mission, the bodyguard who killed Punjab’s Governor Salman Taseer in 2011 after he had demanded reforms in the controversial blasphemy law. Mumtaz Qadri was later sentenced to death.

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Supporters of the Tehreek-e-Labaik party (VOA)

In November, thousands of followers of the Islamist group Tehreek-e-Labaik blocked Islamabad roads for weeks and demanded the resignation of Law Minister Zahid Hamid, after accusing him of blasphemy. The government eventually surrendered to hardliners’ demands after Pakistan’s military played the role of mediator.

The experts say the emerging trend of politicizing militancy is a danger to democracy. They also point out the sectarian and hardline rationale will further complicate the situation in the country that has been trying to combat terrorism for more than a decade.

“Imagine when these hardliners, through political parties, will spread their extreme views on the grassroots level. What will be the future of this country?” Raees said.

But some politicians dismiss the blending of radicalized groups into politics. Haider believes the people of Pakistan can differentiate between politicians and extremists and will not allow militant-turned-politicians to thrive.

“If you look at the past, the religious parties including the Jamaat-i-Islami [an old religious party], despite having a huge following, were never able to clean sweep or get majority in the electoral process of the country,” said Haider.

“Even now, with all these efforts, I believe Milli Muslim League or Tehreek-e-Labaik will not be able to pull large numbers during the general elections. Religious or sectarian votes are scattered in the country and can’t be unified and will not help these newly established political parties to win a prominent number of seats.” VOA