Minority panel vice-chairman demands NIA probe in ‘Love Jihad’ cases in Kerala

Seeks report from Kerala DGP within 21 days on Syro-Malabar Catholic Synod resolution

The National Commission for Minorities Vice-Chairman George Kurian on Thursdayn called upon the Centre to order an investigation into all ‘Love Jihad’ cases involving Christian girls in Kerala in the wake of the Syro-Malabar Catholic Church expressing serious concerns over rising cases of ‘Love Jihad’.

The Synod of the Syro-Malabar Catholic Church, in a resolution, stated that Christian girls are increasingly being converted to Islam through ‘Love Jihad’ for terror activities. The Synod observed that half of 21 individuals who joined IS in 2016 from Kerala were Christians who were converted to Islam. The Church lamented that even though several complaints were registered, the Kerala Police had failed to take appropriate and timely action. This has led to terror outfits intensifying their nefarious activities with impunity.

On the concerns of the Church, Mr. George Kurian, Vice-Chairman, National Commission for Minorities, sought a report within 21 days from the DGP of Kerala.

In September 2019, Vice-Chairman had apprised the Union Home Ministry about two cases of alleged ‘Love Jihad’ brought to his notice by parents of the girl children. The Home Ministry has taken stern action in those cases. The Synod resolution vindicates the stand taken by the Vice-Chairman on ‘Love Jihad’ cases.

In this context, the Vice-Chairman urged the Union Home Ministry to take note of the resolution of the Church and order an inquiry into all alleged cases of ‘Love Jihad’ in Kerala.