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Kerala Love Jihad case: Hadiya to appear before SC today

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Kerala’s love Jihad case has been in focus since Supreme Court ordered NIA to probe the angle of “Love Jihad”

Kerala’s alleged ‘love jihad’ case is stirring a debate across the country. The matter which is in Supreme Court has reached a crucial juncture. Today, Hadiya will appear before the apex court.

Hadiya went by the name Akhila Ashokan before converting to Islam. She was born in a Hindu family and was a follower of the religion until her conversion. She married Shafin Jahan against the will of her parents. Her parents strongly opposed her marriage with a Muslim man and are of the belief that her conversion is a case of ‘Love Jihad’. In May this year, Hadiya’s father Ashokan KM knocked the doors of Kerala High Court. In his petition before Kerala HC, he accused that there is fully functioning “systematic mechanism” of conversion and radicalisation. He also said in the petition that his daughter is trapped in the racket.

After the trial, Kerala HC gave a verdict in favour of Hadiya’s parents and shunned their marriage. The High Court also called it a “sham”. However, Hadiya and her husband remained adamant that they have married as per their will. Shafin then also moved to Supreme Court. The apex court said that Hadiya is an adult and thus her consent is Prime in the case.

However, considering her parent’s strong opposition, it is to be seen if they can outweigh her decision. According to the central government in case of indoctrination or manipulation parental authority can be invoked.

Her parents too are trying to prove that she has been manipulated. However, Hadiya has remained firm on her stand. On Saturday, while leaving for the SC hearing, Hadiya shouted at the cameras, “I want to stay with my husband. I have not forcefully converted to Islam.”

The Supreme Court earlier had handed over the matter to NIA to probe whether it is a case of “Love Jihad”. NIA in its report had observed that there is a “pattern” involving conversion to Islam and marriages in Kerala.

Whether it is a case of forced marriage and conversion or not is to be decided by Supreme Court now.  Certainly, Hadiya’s case has thrown light on personal liberties and freedom and parental authority.

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Jagdish Thakkar, PRO in Prime Minister’s Office dies, PM condoles death

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“Extremely saddened by the demise of Shri Jagdish Thakkar, the PRO in the PMO,” tweeted Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

 

New Delhi| Public Relations Officer (PRO) in the prime minister’s office and senior journalist Jagdish Thakkar passed away here Monday.

Thakkar, 72, who was unwell for some time, passed away at the All India Institute of Medical Sciences here.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi condoled his demise, saying he was a wonderful person who loved his work.

“Extremely saddened by the demise of Shri Jagdish Thakkar, the PRO in the PMO. Jagdishbhai was a veteran journalist and I had the pleasure of working with him for years, both in Gujarat and in Delhi. He was known for his simplicity and warm-hearted nature,” the PM tweeted.

He said several journalists would have regularly interacted with Jagdishbhai over the years. He had previously served with many chief ministers of Gujarat.

“We have lost a wonderful person, who loved his work and did it with utmost diligence. Condolences to his family and well-wishers,” Modi said.

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Bulandshahr violence: Court sent acccused armymen on 14 day judicial custody

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Lucknow | A local court on Sunday sent the accused army men in Bulandshar violence Jitendra Malik alias Jitu Fauji to a 14-day judicial custody.

Jitendra Malik allegedly involved in the killing of a police inspector during mob violence in Bulandshahr was arrested on Saturday night. “The Army handed over Jitendra Malik to UP STF team in Meerut yesterday late night,” IG STF Amitabh Yash told PTI here today.

On Monday, a mob of some 400 people rampaged through a village in Bulandshahr district apparently after cow carcasses were found in a jungle nearby. During the violence, Inspector Subodh Kumar Singh and a 20-year-old man died of gunshot wounds. Nine people have been arrested in connection with the violence. Earlier Army chief Gen Bipin Rawat said Saturday that full cooperation will be extended in the investigation of the incident

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Pakistan issues visas to 139 Indian pilgrims to visit Katas Raj dham

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New Delhi | The Pakistan High Commission on Sunday said it has issued visas to 139 Indian pilgrims to visit Katas Raj Dham, the famous Shiva temple, in the country’s Punjab province.

Under the framework of a bilateral protocol on visits to religious shrines, Sikh and Hindu pilgrims from India visit Pakistan every year. Pakistani pilgrims also visit India every year under the protocol. “Another group of Indian pilgrims, comprising 139 people, have been issued visas by the Pakistan High Commission to visit Shree Katas Raj Dham in Chakwal district from December 9-15,” the Pakistan High Commission said.

Last month, Pakistan had granted visas to more than 3,800 Sikh pilgrims to visit the country. Some of the pilgrims had attended the ground-breaking ceremony of the Kartarpur corridor on November 28 in Narowal. The corridor will link the Darbar Sahib shrine in Kartarpur in Pakistan’s Punjab province to Dera Baba Nanak in Gurdaspur district in India.

Earlier this month, over 220 Indian pilgrims were granted visas to visit the famous Hindu temple, Shadani Darbar, in Sukkur.  Katas Raj is one of the holiest places for the Hindu community in Pakistan. The temples form a complex surrounding a pond named Katas — which is regarded as sacred by the devotees.

Pakistan’s High Commissioner Sohail Mahmood stated that the issuance of visas for yet another group of pilgrims from India was consistent with Government’s of Pakistan’s policy of promoting visits to religious shrines and was a reflection of its commitment to faithfully implement the 1974 Protocol, the High Commission said in a release. He said that Pakistan remained committed to providing all possible facilitation for the visiting pilgrims and strengthening people-to-people exchanges between the two countries.

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