Barmer girl weds Mus­lim, fam­ily al­leges love ji­had

◗ The fam­ily has filed FIR to bring back its 18- year old daugh­ter who con­verted to Is­lam and mar­ried a Kash­miri boy in De­cem­ber last year

The Asian Age - - Nation - AGE COR­RE­SPON­DENT

In yet another al­leged case of “love ji­had”, a fam­ily in bor­der dis­trict of Barmer in Ra­jasthan has filed FIR to bring back its 18- year old daugh­ter who con­verted to Is­lam and mar­ried a Kash­miri boy in De­cem­ber last year.

How­ever, Ritu alias Zeenab kept her fam­ily in the dark about the mar­riage and con­tin­ued to live with her par­ents un­til March 16 when she left home on the pre­text of go­ing to her sis­ter’s house in Var­o­dara in­stead she reached Kash­mir.

Her par­ents filed the miss­ing per­son’s re­port on March 19. The po­lice traced the girl in Kup­wara dis­trict in Jammu & Kash­mir. A po­lice team had gone to Kup­wara but found that the cou­ple had sought pro­tec­tion from J& K high court, which di­rected the po­lice in Kash­mir and Barmer not to act against them.

As per the doc­u­ments re­ceived with the HC or­der, Ritu Khan­del­wal con­verted to Is­lam on her own will and be­came Zeenab. Po­lice also re­ceived a copy of the mar­riage reg­is­tra­tion cer­tifi­cate in which Gulzar Ah­mad Khan is men­tioned as her hus­band. The doc­u­ments show that Ms Khan­del­wal con­verted to Is­lam on De­cem­ber 27 last year and mar­ried Khan on De­cem­ber 30 ac­cord­ing to Is­lamic rit­u­als.

The Po­lice said the woman came in con­tact with the Kash­miri man when he was work­ing at a cof­fee house in Barmer for a few years but left about five months ago. “On her fam­ily’s com­plaint we traced the girl through her cell num­ber to Kup­wara. Our team had gone to Kash­mir but the J& K High Court or­der re­strained us. Now, we have sent one more po­lice team since the girl’s fam­ily has pro­vided some ev­i­dences ” Amar Singh Ratnu, SHO, Kot­wali po­lice sta­tion said.

Last year, a fam­ily in Jodh­pur has ap­proached the high court with habeas cor­pus pe­ti­tion for their miss­ing daugh­ter. But, when the 22- yearold girl Payal Singhvi alias Aar­ifa was traced and pro­duced be­fore the court she said that she had con­verted to Is­lam and mar­ried on her own will to her child­hood friend Faiz Modi.

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