No evidence for 'love jihad' in Kerala, says Home dept

P Anil Kumar

Thiruvananthapuram: An investigation carried out by the State Home Department showed that there is no evidence for alleged 'love jihad' in Kerala.

There were reports that many girls have converted to Islam under the influence of others and also after love marriage. But there is no evidence to prove the alleged 'love jihad' behind these conversions. The probe report under Home Department has dismissed the allegations on conversions of girls to Muslim community through 'love jihad.' The Kerala Police in association with the Intelligence Bureau has investigated religious conversions including allegations of 'love jihad'.

The Home Department findings also dismiss the statement of former DGP TP Senkumar on 'love jihad' in Kerala.

According to the report, a total of 7,299 people converted to Islam from 2011 to 2016. Nearly 1,216 people converted to Islam in 2017. Majority of them decided to follow Islam under the influence of some people in their close circles. It is reported that 64 percent of the people converted to this religion due to financial problems.

The Home Department has collected the details of 568 people who converted to Islam in Malabar region as part of the investigation. Thrissur recorded the largest number of conversions. Palakakd is in second position.

Intelligence officials told Mathrubhumi that Union Ministry of Home Affairs has asked to investigate the financial dealings of the people who converted to this religion.

It has been confirmed that five people, who went missing from Kerala in 2016 and later converted, have connection with terror group Islamic State.

The Home Ministry has also initiated probe into alleged religious conversions that took place in Kerala in the past two years.

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