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The Supreme Court on Wednesday ordered an NIA investigation into conversion of a Hindu girl to Islam and her subsequent marriage to a Muslim man in Kerala after the central agency hinted that those involved in these conversions and marriages had links with SIMI, a banned organisation.
Additional Solicitor General Maninder Singh, who submitted the NIA’s preliminary report to the top court, said it did not appear to be an isolated case and required further investigation.
A Bench headed by Chief Justice JS Khehar — which said the NIA probe would be monitored by retired Supreme Court judge RV Raveendran — referred to the ‘Blue Whale’ Challenge, an online game that has driven many teens to commit suicide.
“Like in the ‘Blue Whale’ game, nowadays you can persuade people to do anything,” the Bench, which also included Justice DY Chandrachud, said.
The top court is seized of a petition filed by Shafin Jahan (27) whose marriage to Akhila alias Hadiya was annulled by the Kerala High Court, which handed over her custody to her father. The High Court’s order had come on a petition filed by the girl’s father KM Ashokan who alleged that it was a fraudulent conversion.
Shafin has challenged the high court’s order before the top court. Akhila had converted to Islam and then married Shafin. When the Bench on August 10 asked the Kerala Police Crime Branch to hand over the case files to NIA for a preliminary assessment, Shafin opposed it, leaving the court to wonder why he was so opposed to the agency examining the case.
On Wednesday, as the ASG said it did not appear to be an isolated case, the CJI noted, “the (Kerala) High Court order also mentions so”.
Referring to the NIA report, the ASG said: “Role of one woman is under investigation. Prima facie it has been found that entities are common in these cases. This is the second case. There is a pattern. The girls first get converted and then they refuse to stay with their family members and subsequently their marriage is done. This matter requires further investigation.”
He said: “The two outfits involved in this case perhaps were having links with SIMI.” The Kerala Government told the top court that it had no objection to the NIA probe.
‘Not isolated case, there’s a pattern’
It doesn’t appear to be an isolated case… Prima facie it has been found that entities are common in these cases. This is the second case. There is a pattern. The girls first get converted and then they refuse to stay with their family members and subsequently their marriage is done. This matter requires further investigation.

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BJP’s JK unit website hacked for brief period; restored

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The website of the BJP’s Jammu and Kashmir unit was today hacked for a brief period with the hackers posting a message demanding justice for an eight-year-old girl who was raped and murdered at Kathua in January.

The website was restored after some time.

The hackers, who called themselves “Team Kerala Cyber Warriors”, posted a message accusing the state unit of protecting a “gang of pedophiles” who had aligned with some of the ruling BJP’s office-bearers.

The hackers, who used the colours of the Indian flag in the message, said there should be nothing beyond humanity and “discrimination cannot be tolerated”.

They demanded that rapists be hanged.

BJP’s J&K unit General Secretary Ashok Kaul told PTI that the website was hacked for a brief period and had been “restored now”.

“Yes, we will file a complaint with the police. One should see the message. It seems that someone from north Kerala is responsible for the hacking. After all, the situation in Kerala is not hidden from anyone,” he said.

Kaul said it was yet another attempt to create tension in Jammu, which has been the symbol of nationalism.

The BJP had distanced itself from the Hindu Ekta Manch, which had organised a rally in favour of the eight accused arrested by the Jammu and Kashmir’s Crime Branch in connection with the Kathua rape case.

The party asked two of its ministers Lal Singh and Chander Prakash Ganga to resign from the state cabinet as the two had participated in the rally and dared the Crime Branch to make any further arrests in the case.

The BJP had also removed its state unit secretary who was found having links with the Hindu Ekta Manch.

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Kathua case: Why protest and pelt stones when accused are in jail, asks Naeem Akhtar

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Works Minister and senior Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) leader Naeem Akhtar on Thursday said that there was no reason for the students in Kashmir to hold protests over Kathua rape-and-murder case when the accused were already behind bars.
“What is the occasion for protests, stonepelting [over Kathua case] when case is solved, accused in jail and trial on? Shouldn’t they be attending classes instead,” Akhtar wrote in reply to a tweet of a journalist.

 

The student protests are refusing to die down despite the government suspending the class work in the colleges and higher secondary schools.
Over a dozen students were injured today in Shopian after they staged protests over Kathua case and clashed with the forces.

Yesterday also, around twenty students had suffered injuries in police action in Anantnag district.

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Amitabh Bachchan reacts to ‘disgusting’ Kathua rape case

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Expressing his disgust at the gruesome Kathua rape case, legendary actor Amitabh Bachchan has said he feels terrible to even talk about it.

Present at the song launch of his upcoming film ‘102 Not Out’, Big B was asked about his views on rapes in the country as an ambassador for ‘Beti Bachao-Beti Padhao’.

“Even discussing this issue feels disgusting, don’t bring up this issue. It is terrible to even talk about it,” said the 75-year-old.

On January 17, an eight-year-old girl was allegedly abducted, drugged, raped, tortured and killed Jammu and Kashmir’s Kathua district.

Earlier, joining the growing outrage, celebrities like Sonam Kapoor, Akshay Kumar, Kareena Kapoor Khan, Kalki Koechlin, Richa Chadha and many others posted messages on their social media demanding justice for the victim.

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