SC agrees to hear mother of Kerala girl who allegedly joined ISIS in Afghanistan

In an earlier application for impleadment in the Hadiya case, the woman submitted that “the situation in Kerala seems to be grim - the most number of people joining ISIS from India are so far from Kerala".

Updated - November 24, 2017 06:54 pm IST

Published - November 24, 2017 04:13 pm IST - NEW DELHI

The Islamic State group has a growing presence in eastern Afghanistan, where it has battled both Afghan forces and the much larger and more powerful Taliban. File

The Islamic State group has a growing presence in eastern Afghanistan, where it has battled both Afghan forces and the much larger and more powerful Taliban. File

The Supreme Court has agreed to hear the mother of a girl who allegedly got radicalised in Kerala, married a Muslim and then fled to Afghanistan to join the ISIS when she was seven months pregnant.

Bindu Sampath has asked the Supreme Court to direct an "extensive investigation" into, what she terms "Jihad Romeos" who form part of a network recruiting for the ISIS.

A Bench led by Chief Justice of India Dipak Misra refused to issue notice in the petition filed by Ms. Sampath, represented by advocate Aishwarya Bhati but said the matter would be listed in the next two weeks.

The court has its hands full with the Hadiya case , which also involves the conversion of a young woman from Kerala and her subsequent marriage to a Muslim. The court has summoned the girl before it on November 27.

Ms. Sampath said her daughter, Fatima @ Nimisha, is now believed to be in the ISIS-controlled Khorasan Province of Afghanistan.

In an earlier application for impleadment in the Hadiya case, Ms. Sampath submitted that “the situation in Kerala seems to be grim - the most number of people joining ISIS from India are so far from Kerala".

“There are multiple reports coming from across India reporting a similar tactic being used - Jihad Romeos are given cell phones, bikes and fashionable clothes to accomplish their sinister mission. They have two weeks to find a girl of another religion and six months to convert her to Islam. If the girl shows no interest within two weeks, they are to leave her and find another,” Ms. Sampath alleged.

Ms. Sampath described herself as a “hapless mother… who has not been able to get any relief or respite in her crusade to secure the well-being of her daughter”. She noted that that her son is an Army officer.

She said she needed help to rescue her daughter, her Muslim husband and her granddaughter from harm’s way or they may lose their lives in U.S. bombings.

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