The Kerala high court has cancelled the marriage conducted by a qazi between a Muslim man and a Hindu woman and ordered a detailed probe into the allegation of bid to recruit her to Islamic State.
A division bench of the court was considering a habeas corpus petition filed by the woman’s father, a native of Vaikom. It said such an important decision in a woman’s life can only be taken with the active involvement of her parents and the couple who acted as guardians for solemnizing the ‘marriage’ had no authority or competence to do so.
“The marriage which is alleged to have been performed is a sham and is of no consequence in the eye of law. It is therefore declared null and void,” the judgment said.
The court also directed police to conduct a comprehensive investigation of the case and activities of the organization that allegedly aided in conducting the marriage.
The woman was doing her internship after completing BHMS in a college in Salem, Tamil Nadu. The father alleged in his petition that two Muslim sisters who were her roommates converted her to Islam and took her to Sathyasarani, a Muslim organization, and kept her under illegal detention. He alleged efforts to recruit her to Islamic State by marrying her to a Muslim man of Manjeri and taking her to Syria.
The girl denied that she was under illegal detention when produced before the court. The high court had earlier directed the state police chief to ensure that the woman was not taken out of the country without its permission.