Should India accept Islamic State returnees? | The Hindu Parley podcast

Respecting international law, India should bring them back and try them in court as Indian citizens.

June 17, 2021 11:09 pm | Updated June 18, 2021 12:58 am IST

In 2016-18, four women from Kerala accompanied their husbands to join the Islamic State (IS) in Afghanistan's Khorasan Province. Their husbands were killed in different attacks and the women are now lodged in an Afghanistan prison. Authorities in Afghanistan want to return the women to India, but the Indian government has not indicated what it proposes to do in this matter.

Sources say security agencies have advised against taking them back. What do international laws say about foreign fighters returning to their countries? Here we discuss the question.

Guests: Kabir Taneja , a Fellow with the Strategic Studies Programme at the Observer Research Foundation and author of The ISIS Peril ; K.P. Fabian , a former diplomat author and Professor at the Indian Society of International Law.


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