The disturbing case of Akhila, a Hindu girl from Kerala who was forcefully converted to Islam in an Islamic conversion centre Sathya Sarani (Markazul Hidhaya) in Mallapuram and then married to one Shafin Jahan, has been in the news lately.
Akhila’s retired Armyman father had approached the court last year complaining that his daughter, who was doing her internship for a homeopathy college course, had gone missing. After several petitions filed by the father, Kerala HC finally annulled the marriage and reunited Akhila with her parents. Shafin Jehan then moved the Supreme Court (SC) with the help of top lawyers Kapil Sibal and Indira Jaising to challenge the Kerala HC ruling.
We had reported earlier on how Shafin Jehan had been identified as one of 3 IS supporters by people arrested by NIA from the PFI terror camp at Kanakamala, Kannur. But this angle appears to have been overlooked by Kerala police while investigating Akhila’s case.
Now, another damning piece of evidence has come forth. In a video released by Times Now, Shafin Jehan can be seen leading a mob and vandalizing Meditrina Hospital, Kollam in Jan 2017. This incident occurred just 1 month after his alleged ‘nikah’ with Akhila. But the FIR lodged by Kerala police in this vandalism case, where 7 people are named, omits Shafin Jehan’s name altogether.
— TIMES NOW (@TimesNow) September 15, 2017
Times Now has also reported that Shafin Jehan was a leader of the Campus Front (PFI’s student wing) and was managing the FB account of the group in Kollam.
More proof of Jehan’s links with radical Islamists comes in this article in The Hindu which quotes a police report as saying that –
“Shafin Jehan is active in the Social Democratic Party of India (SDPI), the political wing of the Islamist fundamentalist organisation Popular Front of India (PFI). The Kilikollur police had registered three criminal cases against him.
Later, the Kollam East Police had registered a case against him in connection with a passport he obtained. The report says in 2011 he obtained a passport J 3947001 and that in 2014 he obtained another passport L 7759080 on tatkal provisions. The latter passport was obtained concealing the cases against him.
The police have no evidence on his ties with jihad. But on verifying some of his social media posts, they conclude that he may have sympathies for jihad. The report says his father Rajan was from a Scheduled Community who converted to Islam and married a Muslim woman. Akhila’s conversion was at the instance of the women’s wing of the SDPI, the police say.”
Despite all this, Jehan’s lawyers Kapil Sibal and Indira Jaising have claimed in SC that “there is nothing incriminating on record” against Jehan.
Incidentally, Kapil Sibal and Indira Jaising are considered ‘class 1’ (top bracket) lawyers, with senior Congress politician Sibal charging between 8 – 15 lakhs for each Supreme Court appearance. Indira Jaising, who served as ASG (Additional Solicitor General) during UPA-2 between 2009 and 2014, and her lawyer husband Anand Grover, who was part of a lawyers’ team to petition the Supreme Court on behalf of terrorist Yakub Memon hours before he was to be hanged, have set up an NGO called Lawyers’ Collective.
Lawyers’ Collective’s FCRA license was recently cancelled by the Home Ministry for various violations of FCRA provisions, including misuse of funds and activities detrimental to the country’s interest. Indira Jaising has also just been appointed to lead a UN fact-finding mission to investigate alleged persecution of Rohingya Muslims in Myanmar’s Rakhine state.
One wonders how a low-level PFI activist like Shafin Jehan managed to procure the services of such high-powered lawyers, or are they fighting his case for free?
It is also noteworthy that almost every secular-liberal commentator residing in Lutyens’ Delhi has sharply rebuked/mocked the courts for quashing the ‘marriage’ of Shafin Jehan with Akhila, and called it a violation of fundamental rights of two consenting adults.
— Shekhar Gupta (@ShekharGupta) August 19, 2017
Bizarre! If Hadiya/Akhila is an adult and can speak for herself, what is the locus of her father, let alone the NIA? https://t.co/ZXxqWNvrUA
— Siddharth (@svaradarajan) August 16, 2017
More I read about case i feel Hadiya's father is an obnoxious control freak. he maybe even doing violence on her? https://t.co/u8t6DcWi5G
— Sanjukta Basu (@sanjukta) August 24, 2017
Not one of them thought it fit to analyze the issue calmly and sift through the evidence at hand which clearly shows that the girl has been brainwashed and pressurized to convert by a dangerous Islamist organization acting as a front for IS recruitment. Now that evidence of Shafin Jehan’s thuggery is plain for all to see, will these eminent personalities have the basic decency to apologize to Akhila’s family?
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