India Foundation Paper 3

‘Love-Jihad’
Missing women, coerced conversion, and predatory jihadi romeos in Kerala

Krishna Kumar

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‘Love-Jihad’: Missing women, coerced conversion, and predatory jihadi romeos in Kerala
by Krishna Kumar

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Contents
‘Love-Jihad’: Missing women, coerced conversion, and predatory jihadi romeos in Kerala
Executive Summary ........................................................................................................... 5 What is ‘love-jihad’? .......................................................................................................... 7 Status of women in Kerala ............................................................................................... 10 Incidental factors that enable love-jihad to be successful ............................................... 11 Modus Operandi of the love-jihadi .................................................................................. 13 Possible end scenarios for the converted women ............................................................ 15 The other side: Young male converts through love-jihad as well .................................... 18 Analysis: Why do young Muslim men pursue these activities? ...................................... 19 Analysis: Why are the women vulnerable? ...................................................................... 22 Analysis: Who are the victims?........................................................................................ 27 Analysis: What needs to be done to reduce these incidents? .......................................... 28 Prevention ......................................................................................................................... 28 The Help Line ................................................................................................................... 31 Cure .................................................................................................................................. 32 Global phenomenon ......................................................................................................... 34 Conclusion ........................................................................................................................ 35 Appendix I: Interviews ..................................................................................................... 36 Interview 1. Hindu girl victim (from the Pathanamthitta case, which led to the High Court order releasing her to her parents) .......................................................... 36 Interview 2. A father, a government officer, whose daughter eloped .............................. 41 Interview 3. A mother, a bank officer, whose son has become embroiled in terrorism .. 42 Interview 4. A young man who escaped from a coerced marriage .................................. 43 Appendix II: Malayalam Media Reports ......................................................................... 45

The Kerala Kaumudi, Feb 09: “’Love Jihad’, which aims to convert by marriage, is in Kerala as well”: ................................................................................................................ 45 Mangalam, Feb 09: “A large number of those who went to Mangalore to study are on the path to terrorism”. ............................................................................................................ 45 The Mathrubhoomi, Aug 29th: “Court orders that a mother and children who were taken for religious conversion should be produced in court”:................................................... 46 The Malayala Manorama, Aug 31st, Op-Ed: “Love Bombs to Burst” ............................ 47 The New Indian Express, Sept 4th, By Balbir Punj: “Political environment is the real culprit” .............................................................................................................................. 48 The Janmabhoomi : “Illegal detention for religious conversion: girls released to their parents”: ............................................................................................................................ 49 The Janmabhoomi, Sept 18th: By K N Jinesh: 1. Romance, Mates, Prey 2. Female jihadis too to organize honey-traps 3. Heart-breaking stories 4. Just two weeks to bag the prey ..................................................................................... 50 The Janmabhoomi: “She went, she returned, she went again”. ....................................... 53 The Kerala Kaumudi: By Sherina Bashir: “The number of disappeared girls: 8 per day” ................................................................................................................ 54 The Kerala Kaumudi, September 27th: “Kerala, the silent abode of jihadis” ................ 55 The Kerala Kaumudi, October 6th: By Vatayar Sunil: “Ready with love traps, the ‘Romeo Jihadis’”. ................................................................ 55 The Kerala Kaumudi, October 7th: By Vatayar Sunil: “‘Love jihad’ implicated in girls’ murders?”: ........................................................................................................................ 56 The Kalakaumudi magazine, Oct 11th: ............................................................................ 58 Appendix III: Foreign news reports of ‘love-jihad’ (eg. UK, Israel) ............................... 62 The Mail, UK: Police protect girls forced to convert to Islam ........................................ 62 The Times, UK: Muslims accused of blackmail to make student girls convert .............. 62 The National, Abu Dhabi: Israeli drive to prevent Jewish girls dating Arabs ................. 64 South Asia News Agency SANA, 03 October 2006 : Indian Girls tricked into prostitution .................................................................................................... 67 The “Love Jihad” – by Stephen Brown in Frontpagemag.com ....................................... 74

Executive Summary
There have been persistent reports in the media in Kerala about a surprising number of young women and girls who are ‘disappearing’ from homes, educational institutions, and the workplace. Some of them turn up after a while, declaring that they have married Muslim men and have converted to Islam of their own volition. However, large numbers of women are never heard from again. Given the generally high status of women in Kerala due to historical reasons, and their high levels of education, this phenomenon is ipso facto surprising. A preliminary hypothesis is that increased reporting and information flow are causing a spike in these cases, and that girls are running away with boys of their own free will when they face opposition in their families. However, additional reports appearing in the media, police statements, as well as a remarkable case of habeus corpus in the Kerala High Court — based on the experiences of two MBA students from the town of Pathanamthitta — suggest that there is a pattern to these disappearances. It appears that a significant number of the ‘disappeared’ women are being coerced into conversion to Islam, and – sometimes forcibly – married to Muslim men. There are also allegations that there is a deliberate and organized effort — referred to as “love jihad” — to identify vulnerable women and pursue them. The result often appears to a violation of these women’s rights to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. It is likely that criminal acts are being committed. There are allegations about blackmail, abduction, kidnapping, rape, criminal invasion of privacy, use of banned drugs, propagation of seditious material, indoctrination into anti-national acts, induction into banned groups, unnatural sexual acts, statutory rapes of minors, and so on. Moreover, this is a serious women’s rights issue, as there are concerns that the young women who have left their families may end up as abused wives, as domestic servants, as victims of trafficking and sexual slavery, and even as terrorists and suicide bombers. Even though the main targets of the ‘love-jihad’ are young women, young men are also seduced using complementary tactics, where drugs, ‘honey-traps’ and propaganda are used to convert young men. There are well-documented instances in which they turned into terrorists.

A major theme that recurs in most reports and interviews is the idea of ‘honor’ or abhimanam. Many parents feel that when their daughter has ‘shamed’ them by running away, converting and marrying a Muslim, they have to shun the girl thereafter. Some of them pretend that their daughters are dead, in an eerie echo of the ancient practice of excommunication. Others will not take their daughters back even if they cry for help. The girls themselves feel that they have shamed their families, and this may convince them to stay on in hellish circumstances, and not attempt to return. This report considers – in light of many reports in the media as well as first-hand interviews with some of the victimized, including their families – the following issues: a) the methods adopted, b) the rationale behind it, c) the effects of this on individuals and groups as well as the State, d) what steps need to be taken to combat it, both in terms of prevention and cure.

What is ‘love-jihad’?
‘Love-jihad’ is an activity wherein young Muslim men pretend to fall in love with nonMuslim women, seduce them, induce them to convert to Islam, often get them to sever relations with their families, and sometimes marry Muslim men. It is apparently a systematic, planned program, where a young man may simultaneously target several women1, and once the conquest is done, he moves on to repeat it with other women. It is allegedly financed from the Middle East, and the planners are said to be recruited and trained by Pakistan’s military spy agency, the ISI and its allies such as the Lashkar-e-Toiba, a banned terrorist group. The evidence suggests that an array of techniques are used in order to entrap vulnerable young women, and that a grand strategy is in place to wreck civil society as well as individual families — a subtle and clever form of psychological warfare, with the end result being a win-win for the jihadis: Non-Muslim wombs made available to impregnate and produce many Muslim children, thus swinging the demographic trend further in their favor The availability of brainwashed and Stockholm-Syndrome-afflicted, plaint women who can be induced to do anything at all including sexual slavery, white slavery/prostitution including a steady supply for overseas brothels or for menial labor in their institutions and homes The psychological destruction of individual families and segments of Christian and especially Hindu society, which may cause the conversion of entire families The use of these women to further entrap both their sisters and parents and also nonMuslim men And finally the ethnic cleansing of areas where conversion, once triggered, becomes an unstoppable avalanche through blandishments and threats.

1. The Janmabhoomi reports that a particularly diligent jihadi romeo had ‘bagged’ 42 girls

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Modern technologies are widely used as weapons. In particular, the mobile phone is a highly effective tool for them in seduction scenarios. A number of mobile-recharge shops that pass on to the jihadis the number of any girl who recharges her phone. This leads to exploratory calls and SMSs coming the very same night; out of curiosity, the girl is likely to respond even if she resists initially. Eventually this turns into a full-scale secret romance. The jihadis are aware that cell phones can be used against them, too. Therefore victims have reported that as soon as they abandon their homes and are taken for conversion/ marriage, their SIM cards are destroyed so that they can neither contact anybody, nor can they be traced by the police. Similarly, women are being entrapped via Internet chat rooms and social networks such as Orkut. One of the most widely used techniques is to create incriminating photographs of girls, and then use these to blackmail them further. Mobile phone cameras come in handy. There are also Internet-cafes, ice-cream parlors and other entities where hidden cameras capture intimate moments when a girl may be involved in necking and petting with a jihadi romeo. The owners of these establishments are in cahoots with the jihadis and supply them with the footage. More sophisticated jihadis have even been known to create fake photographs of a completely innocent girl by morphing and photo-shopping her face onto someone else’s body. A notable feature is that both rich and poor women are targeted, but there appears to be a preference for affluent and socially prominent families, perhaps to serve as exemplars for the idea of love-jihad. It is also reported that jihadi romeos are paid different amounts of money depending on the caste and religion of the victim girl. Oddly enough, many of the victims are educated, middle-to-upper middle-class girls, and the men who seduced them were lower-class, uneducated men in low-status occupations whom they should normally ignore as menials. The universal norm for women is to seek mates who are higher-status in social, educational and professional attainments than themselves. The inversion of this norm suggests other influences such as drugs at play that are overcoming the girls’ natural instincts.2 The inevitable conclusion to be drawn from the data is that this ‘love-jihad’ is not something to be condoned as youthful high spirits: it is not that love-lorn girls are running away with

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A possibility is the use of what are called ‘date rape drugs’ in the West, colorless, odorless and difficult-todetect drugs such as Rohypnol or Ketamine, which may be mind-altering as well as physically debilitating. It is possible that such drugs are slipped into the girls’ soft drinks (or alcohol), and when they are unable to resist, the jihadi may either have sex with them or take revealing photographs of them, which are thereafter used to blackmail them. See the Wikipedia page on ‘date rape’

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their paramours3 to live happily ever after. Especially in view of similar stories that have come out of places like the UK, Egypt and Israel, this has to be taken seriously. It is too urgent an issue for the citizenry to wait for the lethargic authorities or the State to do something, however: it has to be individual parents who need to be more vigilant about their children’s activities and ensure that they are not straying. There have been similar serious issues related to children drinking and becoming drug addicts in the US: it has taken concerted effort on the part of the parents to combat for what it is: a disease. The above-mentioned habeus corpus case is noteworthy, and is dealt with in detail below, including an interview in Appendix I with one of two MBA students in Pathanamthitta, who were trapped, brainwashed into converting, and ‘married’. One girl happens to be related to a top police officer in Kerala, and as a result the police forces became more active. Based on the petition in the High Court, the girls were rescued and reunited with their families. Their testimony has been included in detail in the court order, and has been instrumental in bringing to light the modus operandi of the perpetrators. One of the girls has been courageous enough to give extensive interviews to the media4, and this has improved our understanding on what and how ‘love-jihad’ is perpetrated. Possibly the first known instance of ‘love-jihad’ in Kerala was the case of the writer Kamala Das or Madhavi Kutty, who converted to Islam and took the name Kamala Surayya in 1999. She was sixty-five at the time, but apparently she was influenced by a Muslim man in his 30s, and was induced to very publicly convert to Islam. She made a big show of her new found religion, started wearing a black burqa, and justified removing from her home all Hindu icons, including a murti of Krishna that she had, she claimed, been most fond of. Kamala Das, who belonged to the prominent Nalapat5 taravad, was well known in Kerala for her titillating semi-autobiographical writings which had gained her an avant-garde reputation. She was also known in certain circles for her English poetry. Therefore her public conversion was a propaganda coup for the jihadis – she was a ‘trophy catch’ – undoubtedly providing romeos with an exemplar to present to their targeted Hindu prey. In a typical reaction, Kerala’s “intellectuals” supported Kamala Surayya’s conversion to Islam on the grounds of personal freedom, without paying any attention to whether there was coercion involved. One “intellectual” went so far as to convert himself, but he was
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There was the case of one Rizwan in Calcutta who converted and married a rich Hindu girl. This could well have been an example of ‘love-jihad’. (However, this case became infamous for a different reason. He was found dead, and there was a hue and cry in the English-language media, accusing the girl’s parents of having him killed. Investigations were inconclusive. Interestingly, in a mirror-image situation, where Rakesh in Jammu married and converted a (middle-class) Muslim girl, and he was then found hanged in a police station, the media had nothing whatsoever to say.)
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Including a very detailed interview in over 16 printed pages in the Kalakaumudi magazine of Oct 12th, 2009.

A taravad is a Hindu extended family, often matrilineal. Nalapat is a well-known taravad. Kamala Das’ mother was the celebrated writer Balamani Amma. Her great-uncle Nalapat Narayana Menon was a wellknown writer. Her son, Madhav, is a professor and journalist on national security matters, and has married into the Travancore royal family.

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careful to only become a Buddhist, presumably because there is no penalty for apostasy in Buddhism should he wish to revert! Kamala Surayya died recently, and it is rumored that she had tired6 of her burqa-ed life, but she discovered to her chagrin that it was not as easy to exit Islam as it is to enter it.

Status of women in Kerala
The State of Kerala is considered a relatively woman-friendly part of India. There are some indicators that suggest that Kerala women on average are much better off7 than their sisters in the rest of India. For instance, the life expectancy of women in Kerala is almost 77 years, which compares well to the life expectancy of women in affluent societies (white women in America and women in Japan live to around 80). Significantly, the gender ratio in Kerala is roughly 1058 women to 1000 men8, similar to developed countries, whereas in many parts of India it is sharply skewed the other way: perhaps 920 women to 1000 men. This suggests that women, in general, are treated well in Kerala. The levels of education and participation in the workforce are also quite high. Except in some pockets, women’s educational achievements exceed those of comparable men; the numbers of women doctors, engineers, lawyers, teachers, and civil servants in Kerala are quite high. In certain professions with fairly high status, women have traditionally been dominant. The story of Kerala’s nurses is instructive. Large numbers of lower-middle class families, most notably Christian families from a belt around Kottayam, have been lifted to middleclass status and even affluence because their nurse daughters emigrated abroad and sent back large remittances. This is an example of how, despite some problems of educated unemployment, many of Kerala’s women have been able to find fulfilling and lucrative career choices. They are, on average, not prey to the lack of economic opportunities that bedevils women in many developing countries. There are also historical reasons for the relatively emancipated status of women in Kerala. One is that the largest Hindu communities, the Nairs and Ezhavas, were traditionally matrilineal. Thus women have had economic security and thus self-confidence, and partly because of this they have been encouraged to pursue education. There are many firsts to Kerala women: India’s first woman Supreme Court judge, first woman surgeon-general,
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The Hindu, Aug 13, 2006, “Still a rebel writer”. Kamala Surayya says, “it was not worth it to change one’s religion”
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Hindu Business Line, 29 Sept 2009, K G Kumar, “Empowering women”,: “For long, especially in the 20th century, women in Kerala have been accorded the status of a key pivot in the State’s social and cultural development. Their elevated status was reflected on superior social indicators such as a favourable sex ratio, high female literacy rates, late marriage, low fertility rates, high life expectancy and low infant mortality rates, to name some of the indices commonly bandied around by social scientists.”
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2001 census, as reported by the Kerala government at http://www.kerala.gov.in/education/status.htm

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etc. Furthermore, because of the matrilineal nature of Hindu groups, many families desire to have girl children so that their lineage may continue. Thus there is little of the stigma associated with girl babies even in affluent countries: girl-children are treated approximately as well as boy children in Kerala, and often better. All this suggests that women in Kerala have opportunities to pursue an education and a career and have not been cloistered at home. Until the ‘love-jihad’ erupted in the 2006 time-frame, the vast majority of women were in fact pursuing education and careers. It is especially disturbing that the very thing that has emancipated women in Kerala – their unfettered access to education and careers – is being used to target them. The only women who are not vulnerable are those who are confined to their homes.

Incidental factors that enable love-jihad to be successful
With the advent of family planning, which many Hindus in Kerala took to enthusiastically as a national duty, many families have either one or two children. Thus, an increased value is placed on the children, whether they are female or male. Partly as a result, when the lone daughter of a household is trapped in the web of jihadi romeo deceit, it is an unbearable humiliation and stigma for the family. The very survival of the family is in question, as the shame brought by and on the girl is soul-destroying. The family may well pretend that the girl has died (although they may maintain a fiction that she is studying or working elsewhere), and this is highly destructive, because they may not accept the girl back if she realizes her error and manages to escape. She then has no option but to submit to her captors. This ‘culture of shame’ is convenient for the jihadis. With an explosion of opportunities in IT and BPO, there has been increasing interest among women in pursuing engineering education, and employment in IT hotspots. Thus there are large numbers of Kerala girls living away from home (for the first time) in engineering and also in nursing college hostels. Similarly many unmarried young women from Kerala live in shared accommodation in big cities such as Bangalore, where they experience total freedom from parental control, with all the attendant problems. However, a large number of love-jihad victims have been girls living at home, where clearly the families did not recognize the changes their children were going through. Given the protective and indulgent environments in their homes, many middle-class girls in Kerala are unprepared to face the harsh realities of life on their own. There is also a paradox of ‘protection’ in Kerala: despite the fact that women have high status, girls are still closeted, and usually have no experience in dealing with boys other than close relatives. Women expect to be chaperoned wherever they go; streets in Kerala’s towns (which retain a village atmosphere) have virtually no unaccompanied women after dark.

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There are also persistent complaints about eve teasing, which suggests few opportunities for the sexes to mingle. ‘Demureness’ is prized as a virtue in women as part of the folklore. Given the small-town mores of most of Kerala, a girl found chatting with a boy would be instantly reported to her parents or teachers, which is likely to get her into trouble. Thus, despite the evident freedom, there are also restrictions that rebellious teenagers — naturally defiant due to the hormonal changes in their bodies — may chafe against. There are two widespread influences in Kerala that are relevant : Communism and bollywood. Kerala’s Communist beliefs are well known. Less well-known is the fact that the vast majority of the Communists have always been Hindus, in particular those from the Other-Backward-Community Ezhava caste. Thus, there is a proliferation of Communist anti-religion ideas in many homes. It must be emphasized that these are explicitly antiHindu ideas, because Communists have formed strategic long-term alliances with Muslims, going to the extent of carving out an explicitly Muslim-majority district, Malappuram, in the 1970s, in Malabar. Besides, Ezhavas and Muslims have tended to have cordial relationships, because of the feeling that they are both in effect backward-caste. (Similarly the Forward-Community Nairs have formed a strategic alliance with the Christians). As a result, many Hindu girls in Kerala grow up in ‘progressive’ homes that tend to be dismissive of religion, especially Hinduism. Therefore they are not equipped to analyze religious ideas on their own, and in particular, they grow up knowing practically nothing about Hinduism. They may observe parents who avoid going to temples, and who rail against the caste system and other supposed ills of Hinduism, and who may proudly display icons of Christianity and Islam in their homes to show their broad-mindedness. They may be taught that “all religions are equal” with the subtle suggestion that Hinduism is somewhat inferior to other religions because of its allegedly oppressive nature – caste is a popular whipping-boy – which all proper “liberals” should wage class-struggles against. Textbooks in Malayalam until fairly recently used to include a good bit of Hindu content, as, after all, almost all older literary works had Hindu themes. However, a series of education ‘reforms’9 have ensured that Hindu metaphors and ideas have been removed from the textbooks. Thus students learn nothing about the richness of Hinduism either at home or in the school. The only exposure they have to Hinduism is visits to temples, which they may view as meaningless ritual, as they are ignorant of the rationale. Thus, it is common for Hindus to say, “I was born in a Hindu family”, implying that nevertheless they themselves are not Hindus. Unfortunately, this alienation from Hinduism is probably being repeated in every State of the Indian Union.

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The second influence is that of Hindi cinemas from Bollywood. Even though there is a strong literary and film tradition in Malayalam, Hindi films have become popular. Hindi films in theaters and especially on TV channels have become cultural exemplars, and the Muslim actors Shah Rukh Khan, Salman Khan, and Aamir Khan are extremely popular among young women. The fact that these Muslim men are married to, or romancing, Hindu women has a subtle influence on girls’ attitudes: if their idols are dashing Muslims who romance Hindu girls, why shouldn’t they too be romanced by Muslim men? It also appears that Muslim women are active participants in the coercion of their nonMuslim peers. They may play a supporting role, for instance providing information about those girls who are most susceptible; or they may actively participate in the softening-up of the targeted girls. It is possible that Muslim women add subtle pressure to their classmates and friends to induce them to convert. Thus there is a deadly cocktail of factors in Kerala: the large Muslim population in the Malabar region where they are in the majority in several districts10, the deracinated status of many Hindu women who have lived their lives in families openly antagonistic to Hinduism and generally positive towards Islam, the utter lack of knowledge of Hinduism among them, and the fact that they have no experience in dealing with males other than close relatives. They have no idea how to judge the jihadi romeos who pursue them.

Modus Operandi of the love-jihadi
The ‘love-jihad’ is a straightforward implementation of the Koranic injunction to propagate Islam. There is a clear intent to use the wombs of non- Muslim women to produce more jihadis. They attempt to seduce the more gullible Hindu girls to convert to Islam, and if not, to become prostitutes. In addition to fake SIM cards, mobile phones, etc. those who succeed in their quest are rewarded with large amounts of money. The funds are apparently flowing to Kerala from a jihadi funding agency in Saudi Arabia, and are channeled through their affiliates in India. It was Pakistan’s Lashkar-e-Toiba that implemented this strategy as early as 1996, according to reports11. Jihadi romeos trained in Pakistan have been operating from Meerut since that time. In the 1996-98 time-frame they were able to convert Hindu women on a large scale in UP, according to reports. The second phase was centered around Pune in Maharashtra. When its principals were arrested, the operation was moved to Bangalore in 2004, and then on to Mangalore in Karnataka. It arrived in Kerala in 2006. Trained jihadis are masterminding the operations from Kozhikode, Kochi and Trivandrum. They focus on schools, colleges, IT companies
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Recently a group demanded that a Muslim state be carved out of these northern Malabar districts Most of the information in this section is from the Janmabhoomi, Sept 17th.

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and other places where large numbers of women are employed. They have accomplices who prepare lists of Hindu and Christian girls who are most vulnerable and most easy prey. Others take on the task of seducing these identified victims. There are several stages to the operation: 1. Contact : The mobile phone and the Internet are used to establish the first contact. For this purpose, mobile-recharge centers are widely used. Whenever a girl recharges her phone, her number is passed on to one of the jihadis, who will immediately SMS or call her. Even though the girl may initially resist, her normal curiosity will be piqued, and soon she will be awaiting the call. This will turn more intimate when the caller spices up the conversation with sexual innuendo. Similarly, on the Internet, apparently innocent friendship in social networks and chat-rooms will lead to the next stage. 2. Impress : The romeo will take care to understand and fulfill the smallest desires of the girl, for instance when she needs help with studies, examination fees, clothes, perfumes, cinema tickets, and so on. The girl is flattered at the attention being paid by a man – in many cases this may well be the first non-relative male she has had intimate conversations and friendships with. If at this stage the parents express their concern, the girl, suffused with ‘secular’12 ideas, is likely to lash out at them for being fascist bigots. 3. Entertain : In the next stage, the girl is taken out to semi-private places like ice-cream parlors, shopping malls, restaurants, bars, nightclubs, etc. where romantic conversations can take place, and perhaps a little holding of hands and whispering of sweet nothings. The girl is by now convinced that ‘her hero’ is head-over-heels in love with her, which she is beginning to reciprocate. At this point, if anybody intervenes, she will leap to the defense of the man, claiming it is her right to fraternize with anybody of any religion. Getting drunk for the first time will add to the illicit thrill of these encounters 4. Capture the prey : At this point, the girl is ready for outings, for instance to a nearby tourist resort or hotel. The romeo gets physical with her, unbeknownst to her, these scenes will be captured in the jihadi’s mobile phone camera or in hidden cameras in the room. This is the point of no return13; thereafter the jihadi will blackmail her with these compromising photographs and videos. He is fully in control: he may order her to have sex with his friends, and she has no option but to do so, because of the shame if the photos are made public or sent to her parents. Of course, every subsequent sexual
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In India, the word ‘secular’ essentially means anti-Hindu. The dictionary meaning of “indifferent to all religions” does not apply.
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encounter is fully video taped, and so she slides further and further down this slippery slope.14

5. Convert : The girl is still made to believe that the romeo is in love with her, and that he would marry her if only she converts to Islam. She is subjected to religious propaganda and sent to a conversion center, such as the ones in Ponnani and Kozhikode. There are also religious indoctrination centers in Kottayam, Kasargod, and Karunagappalli. Once she has been converted, she is likely to be married off to somebody, usually a person of low status. For instance, a well-educated college girl victim ends up marrying a manual laborer, if she is ‘lucky’. Otherwise, she may end up in worse straits.

Possible end scenarios for the converted women
Based on the cases that have come to light so far, there are a number of possible futures for the converted women, unless they flee or are rescued. (The number of women who have managed to escape is 217 in the timeframe Jan 2008-Oct 2009, according to police sources). Once they realize they have been hoodwinked and forced into a life of total hopelessness, we can assume few of them fight back. At this point, they are mentally and physically shattered: some of the rescued girls had been gang-raped continuously for weeks, to the extent that their internal organs had been damaged. Some are racked with the guilt of having brought shame upon their families; others have been rejected by their families when they pleaded for help, and they see no hope for themselves. It is possible that some of them might commit suicide to escape their hellish lives. However, the survival instinct being dominant, most of the women do not kill themselves. Instead they adapt and try to survive. One possible defense mechanism is the Stockholm Syndrome15, whereby they become totally dependent and subservient to their captors, and are overjoyed when they get even the smallest sign of consideration from them. They will do absolutely anything, including the most monstrous things, just to get that little pat on the back from their ‘lord and master’. In addition, there is the high likelihood of brutal sexual violence, including incessant gangrapes16, on pain of death. If a woman survives these, she almost certainly will lose all sense
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Once they have reached this point of no return, sometimes the only solution they see is suicide, as apparently happened with three higher secondary schoolgirls in Ambalapuzha, two Hindus and a Christian, (Anila, Veni and Julie) who had been wooed by two Muslim classmates (Zaufar and Shahnawaz)
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This is similar to the behavior of battered women who endure abusive and violent boyfriends or husbands, and are pathetically thankful for minor acts of kindness. See Wikipedia on ‘Stockholm Syndrome’ and ‘Patty Hearst’, a California heiress who was a well-known sufferer from this syndrome
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Rape as a weapon has been employed by Muslims in several instances, e.g. in Bangladesh during its 1971 freedom struggle. Systematic rape was used as a weapon of terror and humiliation of Bengalis, especially of Hindus. Reports suggest millions of women were raped. Today, Sudanese Arab Muslims are using rape as a systematic policy in Darfur against blacks, also Muslims, to humiliate and project power

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of self-respect as a human being, and will be an empty shell of the person she was before. She will be a robot: perfect material for an unthinking human bomb. These possibilities are: Sex slavery and trafficking in women : There is an organized effort to supply young women to brothels. A large number of the Muslim women found in raids in Kozhikode and Kochi turned out to have been converted Hindu women. Some are trafficked to Mangalore, Bangalore, and Mumbai. Yet others are drugged and shipped out to brothels in the Middle East17 and to Pakistan’s red-light districts such as Lahore’s Heera Mandi18. This is likely to be a very lucrative activity: trafficking generates large profits – the labor is virtually free, and the love-jihad ensures there is an endless supply of new women. Servitude : Many end up as ill-treated menials and servants – and note that these are well-educated women — in the houses of Muslim notables, or in Muslim orphanages, or in religious indoctrination centers. They may also be shipped to the Middle East as servants, where there are many cases of abuse, including sexual abuse, of migrant maids from the Philippines. At least those Filipino women are legal immigrants, and their embassies will support them. If the love-jihad girls are shipped to the Middle East clandestinely by boat, they are without passports and other papers, and they have absolutely no rights and are non-persons. Junior Wives : A few end up as the fourth or fifth wife of some affluent Muslim man. Bait to recruit and entrap Hindu men : Attractive and educated young women are forced via sexual blackmail to entice men into terrorism. There are examples of how Hindu men have been converted and turned into terrorists. One such story is that of Pranesh Pillai alias Javed. He is supposed to have been entrapped by a Muslim woman named Sajida. It is not known if Sajida was a converted Hindu. Handlers for fresh converts-to-be : In various incidents where young Hindu women were abducted, there were burqa-clad women involved in transporting them, instructing them, and otherwise handling them. It is believed that most of these are converted Hindu women, who have even been reported to torture the new girls with burning cigarette butts. In an act reminiscent of the use of tame elephants to capture and subdue wild elephants, these women who have already been destroyed are used as forcemultipliers for further conversions.
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The large Indian, Pakistani and Bangladeshi populations in these countries are almost exclusively young male workers. The Arab and white prostitutes in these countries look down upon people from the sub-continent and may refuse to offer their services to them. It may well be that there is high demand for sub-continental women to service the migrant workers.
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Suicide bombers or fighters : A person whose very identity has been erased through brainwashing and brutal sexual violence is likely to be an unthinking automaton that can be ordered to blow herself up without a second thought. As women are viewed with less suspicion, she can be a perfect tool for targeted assassinations and general terrorizing of the population. There have been increasing numbers of incidents where female suicide bombers and fighters have been used: for instance in the recent attacks on the Pakistani Army Headquarters in Rawalpindi. As seen in the LTTE’s case, women terrorists can be motivated and effective. It is hard to believe that any of these outcomes is particularly appealing to the average woman. They were probably imagining a normal, happy married life with their charming romantic hero. While there may be an occasional happy ending, the vast majority of women victims end up destroyed while the jihadi romeo moves on to the next victim without missing a beat.

Here are the known statistics of love-jihad victims in 2006-2009 in Kerala19: Table 1: Number of incidents of ‘disappeared’ girls, police cases registered, and those rescued District Trivandrum Kollam Alappuzha Pathanamthitta Idukki Kottayam Ernakulam Thrissur Palakkad Malappuram Kozhikode Kannur Kasargod Cases reported 216 98 78 87 156 116 228 102 111 412 364 312 586 Cases registered 26 34 22 36 18 46 52 41 19 88 92 106 123 Rescued 6 7 5 11 9 13 26 19 9 31 29 27 68

It should be noted that the last four districts with a high number of cases are in Muslimdominated Malabar.
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From the Janmabhoomi, Sept 17th, “Heart-breaking stories”

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The other side: Young male converts through love-jihad as well
Even though most of the attention has been focused on the capture of young women by jihadis, young men are also lured. There have been several instances in Kerala. One was the conversion of Pranesh Kumar Pillai, who was later shot to death with several other terrorists20 – including two Pakistani nationals – in a car near Ahmedabad, accused of plotting to assassinate Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi. Another was the case of Verghese Joseph, a criminal gang member from Ernakulam, who was converted and turned into a terrorist. He was shot dead by the Indian Army in Jammu and Kashmir, along with three other Muslim terrorists from Kerala. They had gone there after extensive weapons training, with instructions to kill Indian Army personnel and support Pakistani efforts at infiltrating into India. A third case is that of a young man near Ernakulam, whose ID was used to purchase the SIM cards used in the Bangalore blasts. There are more details about him in the interview with his mother (see Appendix I) and the story in Janmabhoomi titled “Two weeks to bag the prey” in Appendix II. In Pranesh Pillai’s case, it is known that he converted to Islam in 1995 in order to marry one Sajida, and that he became radicalized through propaganda about alleged atrocities against Muslims. He was also a known delinquent: four cases of rioting were filed against him in 1997 alone. His case could well be one of love-jihad where the woman ‘bagged’ him for terrorism. The Pranesh Pillai case is also interesting for peripheral reasons: the presence of the Mumbai student Ishrat Jehan in the same car. The national English-language media has seen fit to portray her as an innocent college girl bumped off by over-zealous Gujarati policemen. However, they fail to explain several mysterious things: given that proper Muslim girls are not supposed to interact with men who are not immediate relatives, what on earth was the unmarried Ishrat Jehan doing in a car in Ahmedabad with two Pakistani nationals and Pranesh Pillai alias Javed, all of whom were unrelated males? Why did the Lashkar-e-Toiba’s mouthpiece Ghazwa Times state in July 2004 that Ishrat Jehan was a martyr and an activist of the LeT? As reported by the Times of India21, it complained that her honor had been violated because “the veil of Ishrat Jehan, a woman activist of LeT, was removed by Indian police and her body was kept with other mujahideens (terrorists) on the ground”. Furthermore, the report continues, “Ishrat was with her husband, sitting in the front seat of the car”. If she was in fact Pranesh alias Javed’s second wife, why is there no mention of
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this marriage? Or was Ishrat simply living in sin with him – fornication, a grave crime in Islam, for which the prescribed penalty is stoning to death? Pranesh and Ishrat apparently traveled as husband and wife. Investigative reporter Praveen Swami reports22 that Pranesh and Ishrat shared Room 204 at the Mezban Hotel in Lucknow in May 2004 under the aliases Abdul Rahim and Ishrat Ayesha. They apparently tried to buy weapons from a local Mafioso. They checked into a room at the Tulsi Guest House in Bardoli outside Surat on June 12th, 2004. Apparently Pranesh alias Javed was in an intimate relationship with Ishrat Jehan, although he was also married to Sajida Sheikh. Nevertheless, what is relevant to this report is Pranesh alias Javed’s life after conversion. He had to, according to Praveen Swami, leave Mumbai for Pune after a business dispute turned violent. In 2003, he left for Dubai, securing a job on a forged ITI certificate. He flew to Oman on a passport in the name of Praneshkumar M. Gopinath Pillai, issued in 2003. This was strictly illegal, considering that he already held another passport issued to Mohammed Javed Ghulam Sheikh, issued in 1994. Pranesh flew to Mumbai from Muscat in April 2004, carrying, according to Sajida, Rs. 2.5 lakhs in cash, which he used to buy a used Tata Indica, the vehicle in which he was later shot. Thus it is clear that Pranesh alias Javed had become a hardened Islamic terrorist with links to handlers and bankrollers in the Middle East, and that he was the perfect kind of recruit that the love-jihad would want from a converted male. In the case of Verghese Joseph, further details are not available, but his situation may have been more akin to the tactic of black Muslims recruiting hardened criminals in American jails. It is not known if there was a jihadini involved; nevertheless, a non-Muslim had been converted and brainwashed into becoming a terrorist. In the case of the young man near Ernakulam, it is clear that there was a honey-trap: a girl or girls were used to attract him to the terrorist group through sex. Thus, a variety of means are used to attract young men to Islam in general and Muslim terrorism and fundamentalism in particular. Apparently the idea is to create more cannonfodder that can be used to destabilize the nation. Of course, since these are converts, their deaths will not be of any great consequence to the handlers, or to the Middle Eastern financiers and the Pakistani organizers behind the whole operation.

Analysis: Why do young Muslim men pursue these activities?
In Kerala, in the last 4 months, 212 temples, large and small, have been attacked, and their hundis looted and precious items taken away. This includes even the temple of Adi Sankara at Kalady, from which a priceless emerald sivalinga and ornaments worth crores were looted. Hindus feel besieged because of the sacrilige to their places of worship. Besides,
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The Hindu, October 13th, 2009. “Javed Sheikh’s journey to death”

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they feel under demographic pressure, as their numbers are visibly decreasing. Hindus and Christians are having fewer and fewer babies in Kerala: the two-child norm is rapidly becoming the one-child norm. Muslims on the other hand continue to have high fertility, with an average of three-four children each23. The reasons behind these incidents: 1. Propagation of Religion : Under constitutional provisions, everybody is given the right to propagate their religion, with certain constraints. However, conversion under coercion or through force is illegal. Given the specifics of the story by the Hindu girl interviewed in Appendix I, it appears as though young women are often convinced through specious logic that they should convert to Islam. Unfortunately, schools teach neither rhetoric/logic nor religion, therefore these youngsters are vulnerable to sophisticated and even not-so-sophisticated propaganda. Just a casual perusal of the Internet will yield large numbers of sites set up by former Muslims who recount their reasons for having left their religion. The reasons are often horrific and may explicitly have to do with the oppression of women in Islam, including circumcision/genital mutilation intended to reduce their sexual pleasure:24 yet, these girls are not able to find these instances and rebut the propaganda that paints Islam as totally benign. The fact that the conversion of a Brahmin girl is treated as more valuable supports this hypothesis. The reported ‘reward’ in rupees given to the jihadi romeo who traps a Hindu girl depends on the girl’s caste. Brahmin : 100,000, Nair: 75,000, Ezhava: 50,000, Lower-caste: 30,000 The differential valuation of human lives is reminiscent of ‘blood money’ in Saudi Arabia25
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Let us note that Christians, who also reduced their family size (although not to the same extent as Hindus — while almost all baby-boomer generation Hindus have no more than one sibling, most Christians have two or three) have now openly called for their flock to have four children each. A Catholic bishop announced this publicly, and undoubtedly it is being propagated through the church hierarchy. Christians have come to see that their dominance of the coast — and their center, the town of Kochi — is under threat from burgeoning Muslim populations in these areas. For instance Mattancheri, a part of Kochi, has gone from 29% Muslim to 42% Muslim in a few short years.
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Consider Ayaan Hirsi Ali, a Somalian-born woman who lived in the Netherlands for a while and then moved to the US. She recounts her story in ‘Infidel’, which includes appalling crimes against women, including herself. Her own genitalia were incised when she was a small child.
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For a comparison, here are the blood-money rates that are to be paid in Saudi Arabia in case someone accidentally or deliberately kills another person. The rates are set according to the individual’s religion (the information is taken from the website of the Indian Consulate in Jeddah http://www.cgijeddah.com/cgijed/ Welfare/deathbooklet.htm and is a direct quote from the Wikipedia entry for “blood money”): In Saudi Arabia, when a person has been killed or caused to die by another, the prescribed blood money rates are as follows: 100,000 Riyals if the victim is a Muslim man, 50,000 Riyals if a Muslim woman 50,000 Riyals if a Christian man, 25,000 Riyals if a Christian woman 6,666 Riyals if a Hindu man, 3,333 Riyals if a Hindu woman.

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2. Demographic Warfare : The case of Lebanon is most instructive. Some fifty years ago, the country was Christian-majority, with a large Muslim minority and a small Druze minority26. However, through out-breeding the Christians, Muslims became a majority in the 1990s, and this was followed by a period of civil war for perhaps a decade. Lebanon, and particularly Beirut, which had been perhaps the most attractive part of the Middle East, was devastated by this war that left the nation in shreds. In Kerala the Muslim population has burgeoned: it is now at roughly 30% across the state, and in areas where they are a majority, a Kashmir-style strategy is likely to be implemented, as Hindus are given the stark choice: convert, flee or die. Already, there are parts of Malabar where it is impossible for Hindu temples to survive. 3. Psychological warfare : The destruction or expropriation of religious places of others has been practiced by the Middle Eastern faiths from the time they were invented. The simple idea is to demonstrate that their god is more powerful than the god of the vanquished peoples. The examples of Hindu images being buried under the steps to Muslim mosques, grinding into people’s minds that their erstwhile objects of veneration are being stepped on by the conqueror, follows this principle. The ability of a conqueror to, at will, abduct or rape the womenfolk of the conquered is a major psychological weapon27: a people who cannot protect the honor of their womenfolk are a people who do not deserve to exist — they are the ultimate in emasculation. Conversely, those doing the despoiling are the ultimate in machismo. 4. Sex slavery : Free sex with partners who cannot say no to any perversion – because they are threatened with blackmail or violence – is highly attractive to the jihadi. Most of these young men have poor career prospects, being uneducated or lower class. For them to be able to sexually dominate an upper-class, educated, infidel girl is a reward in itself. Not only he, but all his friends are able to enjoy the girl with no consequences and no fear. She is a sexual slave who must submit to the most awful sexual torture. Just as rape is often not about sex, but about power, for these jihadi romeos it must be a heady feeling to be able to mesmerize these young women and bend them to their will. 5. Monetary and social benefits : There are clear monetary benefits to the jihadi romeo. In addition to the use of fancy cars and motorbikes and mobile phones, he is usually given a daily allowance of a few hundred rupees, in addition to an expense account for ‘entertainment’. Once he succeeds in landing his prey, he gets a large sum, and he is free to repeat the cycle all over again as many times as he wants to. Besides, he is
26

Druze are a community with mystical leanings, almost certainly the remnants of the ancient Hinduism-like religion of West Asia that was overthrown by Christianity and Islam
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treated as a hero in his social circle as he is the one who bags the girls and shares them with his friends, and in his mosque, he is a genuine star, looked up to with admiration by the young, and appreciated and lauded by the seniors, who will assure him that he is a true Muslim.

Given all this, there is no wonder the average Muslim man is enthusiastic about ‘love jihad’. He has nothing to lose, and everything to gain. It is a classic win-win situation for him, never mind the lives of the women he destroys. Indeed, these young men are merely cannon fodder for those who have planned the ‘love-jihad’ strategy: they are expendable, and many more are waiting to step into their shoes. It is these planners or handlers who are the real culprits, and they are almost certainly motivated by just one thought: the Islamic emirate, the Darl-ul-Islam, and the total capitulation of the world to Islam. It is literally war, jihad, as far as they are concerned. Their mindset can be seen in this quote from a mullah28: “We’re the ones who will change you,” the Norwegian imam Mullah Krekar told the Oslo newspaper Dagbladet in 2006. “Just look at the development within Europe, where the number of Muslims is expanding like mosquitoes. Every Western woman in the EU is producing an average of 1.4 children. Every Muslim woman in the same countries is producing 3.5 children.” As he summed it up: “Our way of thinking will prove more powerful than yours.” Writing in the New York Times, reporter David Rohde29, who had spent seven months in Pakistan as a captive of the Taliban, says the following ruefully: “After seven years of reporting in the region, I did not fully understand how extreme many of the Taliban had become… They wanted to create a fundamentalist Islamic emirate with Al Qaeda that spanned the Muslim world.” It is the same model of the world that motivates these jihadis and their Pakistani handlers. They want a fundamentalist Islamic emirate that spans the entire world. India is merely an enemy to be conquered as soon as possible, carrying on with the work started by the invasion of Sind in 712 CE by the Arabs.

Analysis: Why are the women vulnerable?
1. Naïvete and ignorance : Young Hindu (and to some extent Christian) girls in Kerala grow up in a sheltered and protected environment, as they are treated with affection but chaperoned. They have no idea about Islam other than some vague thoughts –

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Mark Steyn, “America Alone”, Regnery Publishing, 2006

The New York Times, October 18th, 2009. “7 months, 10 days in captivity”, Part 1 of 7-part series, “Held by the Taliban”. http://www.nytimes.com/2009/10/18/world/asia/18hostage.html

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engendered by the media – about how Muslims have been victimized in, say, Palestine and Kashmir. As they are discovering for themselves issues of ethics, they may well be attracted to the cause of Muslims whom they may see as the underdog. A lot of them also have absolutely no knowledge of Hinduism, but have been influenced by positive media images of Islam and Christianity.30 Therefore they are influenced by propaganda31 which glosses over the ills of Islam and emphasizes positives. The reality of the very low position of women in Islam is often sugar-coated as their being “protected”, see an interview with a Sikh British-Indian girl in Appendix III.

2. Teenage rebelliousness : It is a well known medical fact that between the ages of 14 and 19, when they go through a growth spurt, and their sexual and other hormones are raging, most teenagers are utterly contemptuous of everything that they used to stand in awe of, most prominently their parents. They indulge in behavior that is generally self-destructive, as they feel the need to emphasize their individuality. This is manifested in girls, for instance, being attracted to the most unsuitable boys, in particular the boys who are most likely to drive their fathers into frenzy. Despite Communist pretensions, it is likely that most Hindu born fathers are not very keen on their daughters marrying non- Hindus, so if a girl wants to really annoy her father, the best way would be to have a non- Hindu boyfriend, especially one who is of a lower class than herself, say a butcher or an auto-rickshaw driver. It is guaranteed to irritate the father no end. She may only mean a dalliance, and she may fully intend to eventually marry a ‘suitable boy’, but before she knows it, she is trapped. 3. Sexual experimentation : Given that it is normal for teenagers to be curious about sex and eager to experiment with it, the jihadi Romeo slowly begins to introduce sexual innuendo in his conversations with her. Even if the girl pretends disinterest or actively resists talk about sex, he may ply her with stories about the wonders of sexual love and romance. Especially since he has convinced her that he is madly in love with her and wants to marry her, she reasons that it is only normal for two people ‘in love’ to hold hands, hug, kiss, and so on. He may introduce her to pornographic videos on the Internet. Imperceptibly, this moves to a stage where the girl is willing to submit to more and more daring acts. Eventually, this leads to intercourse. The more explicit stages may also be filmed on the jihadi’s mobile phone camera, with or without the consent of the girl. 4. Victimization through expert psychological warfare : “knew my vulnerabilities after a year and a half”. The Hindu girl interviewed in Appendix I said that the jihadi romeo
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In Malayalam films and TV, every Christian priest is shown as self-sacrificing and the very soul of kindness. The stock Muslim priest is rough-spoken, but has a heart of gold. However, the Hindu sanyasi in saffron is always shown as a fake, or a smuggler or a criminal, or all of the above.
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knew all about her vulnerabilities after having pursued her for 18 months. The step-bystep escalation of commitment by the young woman is clearly based on expert psychological analysis of women’s vulnerabilities. Apparently someone who had a very good idea of the feminine psyche had coached her jihadi romeo (it is worth noting that he was simultaneously pursuing, with various degrees of success, three of her roommates as well). On the one hand, the propaganda about the superiority of Islam in its treatment of women, as well as its alleged general superiority as a religion, are drummed into the women through constant repetition, and undoubtedly the ‘protected’ Muslim woman is contrasted favorably to the ‘loose’ Western (and Indian) women. The women are led to believe, often with the help of Muslim women (especially converts) that their treatment in Muslim society, contrary to allegations in the Western media, is superior to that of women in Hindu and Western societies. At the same time, their faith in Hinduism is attacked through sometimes sophisticated (but fundamentally shallow) arguments about the superiority of Islam as a religion.32 The Hindu girl chronicled in her diary how she, who had been a strong believer in the Sai Baba of Puttaparthi, was slowly turned into a Muslim.

5. Escalating commitment : Understanding the psyche of the young woman, the jihadi romeo starts off innocuously, offering legitimate help and small favors. Once this has gained the trust of the girl, he starts inviting her out for coffee, etc. Next come more intimate acts like going on a tour and staying in the same room. At each stage, the woman is, without realizing it, doing two things – escalating her own commitment, especially in her own mind, to the man; and secondly, she is increasingly alienating herself from her own family. She knows they would disapprove and forbid her from each of these steps. In a scenario reminiscent of the frog being boiled alive33, before the woman knows what’s hit her, she is being blackmailed with incriminating photographs, or has committed herself to conversion and/or marriage, and finds it difficult to reverse her commitment. There might also be threats of violence to herself and her family if she were to reverse course once she has gone down the path for some distance.
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The Hindu girl in the Pathanamthitta case, in her interview to Kalakaumudi, said one of the questions asked of her and her Christian friend was: “Have you ever seen Krishna or Christ?”, to which of course they said, “No”. “But Mohammed existed,” said the jihadi. “Therefore Hinduism and Christianity are false religions.” The girls had no good response, although clearly they could have pointed out this was apples to oranges, and that nobody has seen Allah either. Another standard, specious, claim is that since Islam is ‘newer’ than Hinduism or Christianity, it must be better. The obvious response is that Sikhism or Baha’ai-ism must be better than Islam, being even newer.
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The thought-experiment about a frog in a pot on a stove, where the temperature is slowly increased. At each stage, the frog is only aware of slightly increasing discomfort compared to the previous stage which it had adjusted to. However, eventually the water is boiling and the frog is dead, but it had not realized the seriousness of the situation, nor did it attempt to escape by jumping out, until it was too late.

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6. Stockholm Syndrome : Once the girl gets to a point of being browbeaten, there must be threats, including physical violence, to get her to be pliant. Perhaps there are threats that she will be killed if she doesn’t convert, or that her parents will be killed. In the reports about British-Indian girls (see Appendix III), there are indications that the ‘boyfriends’ begin stalking girls who are not co-operating, and beating them up. With the threat of their pornographic videos being made public, the girls are in effect hostages, subject to the standard psychoses of this syndrome. They do not see a way out. 7. Victim complex : In some cases, the girls realize they have been hoodwinked, but they may blame themselves, and not realize that they have been victimized by organized crime. They may feel that they have brought this upon themselves and that they deserve it, and they may want to spare their families any further anguish. A girl may believe that her own life has been destroyed, but that she should try to ensure that others are spared. This may cause her to contemplate suicide, but it too is another reason why they do not try to escape. 8. Social stigma and the loss of ‘face’: In a strange way, the issue of ‘honor’ (abhimanam) seems to be central to the whole process. Oddly enough, the term is mentioned often by victims and their families. There appears to be a culture of shame among Kerala’s Hindus. An example is the old practice of ritual excommunication among Nambudiris (Kerala Brahmins) for women among them who have strayed, wherein the woman was cast out of the family34, and the death rites for her were recited. In a similar fashion, there is unthinking rage and sorrow when a girl has eloped and converted to Islam. This social stigma is so powerful that it might literally cause the rest of the family to wish to never hear from the girl again, since it is easier to pretend that she is dead, and not think about the terrible circumstances she might be in. Thus abhimanam becomes dur-abhimanam, a corrosive false pride. In a sense, this is also similar to the habit among Hindus to abandon a desecrated temple. Similarly, the ‘defiled’ and ‘desecrated’ woman is also considered taboo, and both the Jihadi predator and his prey know this. This is a factor behind several problems: As seen in Table 1, very few cases are registered with the police even if the abductor is known. Hardly any habeas corpus petitions are filed with the High Court Very few girls feel that they will get sympathy and be welcomed back into their homes despite the fact that they have strayed. This undoubtedly works to increase her
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The term was “padiyadachu pindam vechu” meaning literally that the doors were closed behind her and that the sacrificial pinda for a dead person was prepared for her. There are several accounts of what happened to a young Nambudiri woman accused and convicted of adultery in a ‘smarta-vicharam’ or religious trial: she would literally be pushed out of the family compound and the doors locked behind her. There would be a crowd of men – often Muslims or Christians – waiting to grab the woman, because she was now public property, without the erstwhile protection of her caste and family. She was a non-person, fair game for anybody.

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dependency on her abductors and captors: a perfect setting for the Stockholm Syndrome The jihadi romeos can use the fear of abandonment as a weapon.

9. Lack of counseling, rehabilitation, safe houses, witness protection program : Hindus are in a state of denial that this crime is being perpetrated on their society. Therefore there are very few mechanisms through which a girl who is on the slippery path to being abducted can be straightened out, or a girl who manages to escape from her captors can be rehabilitated. Partly because of the lack of organized Hindu congregations or institutions35 in Kerala, there are no facilities for a girl to talk to a neutral and sympathetic counselor, a trained psychologist or psychiatrist36, who can give her an objective view of her situation. In addition to counseling, there need to be the kinds of institutions that battered women fleeing abusive husbands are provided with in the US: Safe houses : Love-jihad escapees have consistently said that their captors threatened them with dire consequences should they revert to their original religions37, reveal anything about who had held them, or testify against them in court. Thus, it is important to have facilities where the victims can be protected against an attempt to kidnap them. Identity changes : In the US, there are witness-protection plans where those who testify in court against organized crime are given a new identity and papers and moved to a different part of the country. Insofar as this is possible, it would be helpful to move victims perhaps to a metro city, manufacture a new identity and a history for them, so that they can attempt to get over the nightmare and try to lead almost-normal lives again. 10. Drugs : It is almost certain that mind-altering drugs are being used to further the jihadi romeos’ aims. Alcohol, which is known to reduce inhibitions as well as to physically incapacitate women in fairly small doses38, and so-called date-rape drugs such as Rohypnol or Ketamine may well be used. Since these drugs pass though the system within 72 hours at the most, it is difficult to detect them, even if labs were set up to do
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This is one area in which the Christian institutions are well-equipped to handle the love-jihad. They have their own counselors who anyway do pre-marital counseling, marriage counseling, etc.
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The very idea of seeing a psychologist is a matter of ‘losing face’ and dishonor, as no Hindu in Kerala wants to admit that he or his family members may be troubled psychologically. One of the resultant social evils is the very large number of Hindu suicides in Kerala often over money problems. Kerala has the highest number of suicides per capita in India.
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The punishment for apostasy in Islam is death. If a Muslim woman converts to marry a man from another community, he may be the one murdered. There was a case in Bangalore where a Christian man who married a Muslim woman was stabbed to death. In a recent incident in Jammu, Rakesh Sharma who married Ameena alias Anchal, a Muslim woman who converted to Hinduism, was harassed by the police, arrested on trumpedup charges, and was ‘found hanged’ in his jail cell.
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The effect of alcohol is dependent on body mass, and a lightweight woman can be intoxicated on just two or three drinks, especially if she is not used to drinking.

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the appropriate tests. Alcohol and other drugs are indicted in the vast majority of daterapes in the US, and it is likely that these are slipped into beverages that the jihadi romeo buys his prey. It is normal for Jihadi men to take their targets to places where the prey can be plied with alcohol, and quite possibly with other drugs. Escapees have also testified that they were drugged, then raped, and video footage taken of the act.

Analysis : Who are the victims?
In effect, the data suggests that any young woman at all can be targeted and victimized. As far as a romeo jihadi is concerned, any non-Muslim girl or young woman is potential prey to be evaluated coldly as a predator would. Especially vulnerable are impoverished women, women who lack self-confidence, women who have no education in religious matters, and women living away from home in hostels. The jihadis are no respecter of persons. A close relative of the Director-General of Police, Kerala, was successfully lured away, converted and married. Children of senior Communist leaders have been targeted and abducted. The wife of a Hindu community leader was seduced by a jihadi, and using video-tape blackmail, he and several friends then enjoyed her sexually for months. Therefore anybody is a potential victim. This is not romance, it is a crime. 1. Reports with names suggest the majority of victims are Hindus.39 Calls to the Hindu Helpline (0-94953-23905) are increasing in number, as more people are reporting incidents either in their own families or in other families they are aware of. 2. Most victims are middle-class, with some lower- and upper –class victims as well; some young women are lured with jobs and promotions. 3. High-school students, college students, engineering and nursing students, women living in hostels for students or working women, women in IT companies, women in other offices with large numbers of women, housewives who are seduced by a neighbor, wives of absent migrant workers to the Persian Gulf: they are all potential targets. 4. Professional women40 who participate in Internet social groups like Orkut and Facebook. They may be befriended by jihadi romeos who then induce them to convert. 5. Anybody in the street. There was a case in Kannur where a Hindu high-school student going to a temple in an autorickshaw was abducted by the Muslim driver who drove at
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Anecdotal evidence, including statements of concern by the SNDP (an Ezhava umbrella organization), suggests most of them are Ezhavas.
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There was the anecdote of a married doctor from North India who was influenced by two jihadi romeos, engineers at IBM in Bangalore, and originally from Kerala. The woman left her husband and children and traveled to Mangalore to be converted, where she was found by the police responding to a complaint filed by her husband.

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high speed towards a Muslim-dominated area. In an attempt to escape, the girl jumped out of the moving vehicle, and died of injuries sustained in the fall.

Analysis : What needs to be done to reduce these incidents?
Love-jihad needs to be treated as though it were a disease. Therefore there needs to be both prevention and cure. There should be different approaches for prevention and cure.

Prevention
To prevent the love-jihad from wreaking havoc, parents and the community at large have to take a lot of responsibility: in effect, prophylactic care. In addition to paying more attention to the activities of their children, parents have to actively instruct them in the ways of the world. Parents have the responsibility of ensuring their children’s safety, even if it appears to be an invasion of their privacy. 1. Parents have to take the responsibility for monitoring their children, despite their protestations; the mobile must be viewed as a dangerous instrument. Parents have to ensure that recharging is done by a male adult and not by children. They also should ensure that any odd calls and their numbers are noted to possibly file a police complaint. 2. Parents must be aware of any changes in their childrens’ behavior. If a child is staying awake nights a lot, if he/she has a lot of mood swings, if he/she suddenly stops doing things they enjoyed before, such as going to temples or attending classical music sessions, if their marks suddenly begin to suffer, if they are constantly asking for more money, if a girl stops wearing a bindi, if they seem to be reading a lot of religious literature from Muslim or Christian perspectives, parents should beware. Some of this may well be normal teenage stuff, but the possibility that someone is brainwashing their children is still there. Watchful parents, especially mothers, should be fine-tuned to what is going on in their children’s heads. 3. Parents must know their children’s schedules and the details of all their friends. They should attempt to meet the friends and their parents as well. They should enquire in detail about their male friends and also about their female41 friends. 4. Parents, especially mothers, must be especially vigilant about their daughters. Mothers should discuss the love-jihad issue openly with their daughters without any false modesty, much as they discuss feminine health and hygiene issues. 5. Parents must cease to put their careers and social life above their children’s lives. Since the consequences of love-jihad are so severe, they must maintain vigilance over their children’s lives, possibly visiting their schools and colleges often and becoming
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friendly with the teachers. If so, teachers are likely to note suspicious behavior on the part of the students and possibly inform parents.

6. Parents and religious and social leaders must take the initiative to provide religious instruction and possibly comparative religious information. The various caste groups must set up congregation-type activities where discourses about virtue and vice are given, in addition to in temples and Gita classes. Parents must insist – even if they are ‘secular’ or communist — that this is instruction that both they and the children must attend. Parents should impart religious and cultural education to children. They should have frank discussions about the pluses and minuses of world religions, and in particular about the pluses of Hindu and Indian civilization and its glories. If necessary, they themselves should read up and become aware of the glorious history of Hindu civilization, which, alone, resisted the Islamic onslaught in medieval times, when other great civilizations such as the Egyptian, the Persian, and the Central Asian Buddhist civilization all collapsed. They should be able to tell their children why and how Hinduism has been able to survive – which obviously means there is something eternal and precious in it. 7. Parents should ensure that they have someone trustworthy, a local guardian, for their children if they are studying away from home. Someone the children trust to go to if in trouble. 8. Parents should get to know their childrens friends, boys or girls. 9. Parents must monitor Internet use carefully. If a child is spending an inordinate amount of time on the Internet, that is an indicator of possible vulnerability. In the US, there have been a number of instances of adult pedophiles posing as teenagers and seducing and abducting children. One good way of keeping Internet usage legitimate is to ensure that the Internet computer in the home, if any, is kept in a public location like the living room so that anybody in the family could possibly see what the child is doing with it. 10. Parents must instruct children about the effects of drugs and alcohol. 11. Parents and social leaders must ensure that girl children will be welcome back however much they have been degraded by the jihadis. They made a mistake, and they have paid for it, and there is no reason they need to be ostracized and made to feel like they are excommunicated if they truly recognize the error of their ways and wish to return to a normal life. Young men should be encouraged to come forward to marry girls who have been victimized. 12. If a child disappears, the parents must forget their honor, and report it as a missing person to the police. If they have an idea about who the abductor might be, they should immediately file a habeas corpus petition in the High Court naming that person and

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the police as respondents. The Court is obliged under the law to instruct the police to produce the person.

The community has a large role to play as well: 13. Religious and social leaders (including caste-group leaders) must set up “nari sadanams” or safe houses where women who escape from the clutches of the jihadis and do not feel welcome at home may be rehabilitated. These need to be secure, so that the women are not traced there (a model could be the battered-woman shelters in the US). They should also invite experts to provide confidential psychological counseling, both for children who are confused about their feelings when a jihadi romeo starts pursuing them, and also for post-facto counseling when a victim has escaped from the ordeal, but is conflicted about it, and probably blames herself for having fallen prey to it. 14. Something along the lines of the existing Hindu Help Line42 needs to be set up with full-time paid staff available on a 24x7 basis in all districts. These should be available to help when a family member or a neighbor suspects that a love-jihad trap is being set up for some young person, as well as for families to seek help on what to do if a child has disappeared. Appeals for help from individual victims also need to be handled and referred to the authorities as appropriate. 15. The mass media has to make sure it communicates the seriousness of the issue to the public. So far, sections of the Malayalam print media have been diligent in bringing this issue to the fore. However, the English-language media (ELM) have been far less involved in exposing this issue. The media will be failing in its duty unless it creates public awareness of the problem. Unfortunately, the national ELM has a knee-jerk tendency to support Muslim perspectives, even fundamentalist Muslim perspectives, which means that they toe the line that there is no such thing as love-jihad. 16. Neighborhood watch needs to be set up, so that the various Residents’ Associations can be aware of signs of possible jihadi romeo attempts being made on the youngsters in their community. Sometimes neighbors are quicker to see these problems than parents who might close their eyes to realities they do not want to see. Neighbors should feel the responsibility to monitor the movements of strange youngsters in their communities, and to counsel their neighborhood children. If necessary, they should also report suspicious activities to the police. Tactical alliances may also be order of the day. Despite concerns about Christian conversion activities that prey on Hindus, love-jihad is a common menace that threatens both communities. (However, it is possible that the handlers will tell their jihadi romeos
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to avoid Christians43 and Communists – with whom they have a tacit alliance to attack Hindus – and concentrate only on pursuing Hindu prey):

17. Hindus, Christians and Communists need to pool resources in order to fend off the menace of the love-jihad. Hindu groups and the Christian Association for Social Action, a Catholic group, have publicized joint efforts44 aimed at sharing information and support for each other’s members. 18. Communists have become sensitized to the fact that, despite decades-old and diligent Communist support for Muslim causes, the love-jihad has not spared any young person just because he/she belongs to a Communist’s household. Since most Communists are lapsed Hindus, this means that for the first time the fiercely anti-Hindu Communists have common cause with Hindus.

The Help Line
Call the Hindu Help Line at 0-94953-23905 if you have information or you need support The sterling work done by the Hindu Help Line needs to be commended. This organization, run on a shoestring budget, is perhaps the only active group that offers any support and counseling to distraught parents as well as to victims who desire to go back to their normal lives. The value of a calm and objective voice on the phone that one can talk to cannot be overestimated. The Help Line needs to be strengthened with additional funds and support. In addition to initial contact, the Help Line can be a referral point for a variety of additional services, for instance to counseling, rehabilitation centers, safe houses, and other services. The Level 1 service currently offered, which is a lifeline for those who have no place else to turn to, needs to be strengthened so that it is available on a 24x7 basis, with full confidentiality. The examples to emulate might be suicide hotlines, battered womens’ hotlines, and so on, which offer emergency and first-contact support. Level 2 services can include referrals to a network of doctors, psychiatrists, social workers, religious instructors, detoxification centers, et al. Depending on the needs of the caller, these third parties – generally volunteers – can be referred to. The objective is to meet the medical, social and psychological needs of the individual caught up in the love-jihad. Level 3 services can include referrals to legal services, intelligence services, etc. to seek legal remedies, for instance help in drafting and filing habeas corpus petitions, a way to pass on confidential tips about illegal and anti-national activities, etc. The objective here is
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to provide individuals with access to the mechanisms of the State without undue difficulty. Level 4 services can include rehabilitation, safe houses, identity changes (similar to ‘witness protection programs’), etc. with the objective of helping an escaping individual ease back into society, testify against the perpetrators, and lead a normal life perhaps in an undisclosed location with a new identity. At this level, security becomes an important matter, and it has to be done in conjunction with State agencies. Since there will be some concern about violent reaction from the jihadis, this step has to be entered into with care. In fact, the Help Line may only provide referrals to agencies that actually provide these services. In this context, it is worth remembering the words of a prominent German anti-Nazi named Martin Niemoller : First they came for the communists, and I did not speak out – because I was not a communist; Then they came for the socialists, and I did not speak out – because I was not a socialist; Then they came for the trade unionists, and I did not speak out – because I was not a trade unionist; Then they came for the Jews, and I did not speak out—because I was not a Jew; Then they came for me—and there was no one left to speak out for me. And as John Dunne says in his famous poem, “Ask not for whom the bell tolls, it tolls for thee!”

Cure
A permanent cure for this problem can only come with a concerted effort on the part of the State, individuals and organizations to identify the root causes and address them. There are a number of shadowy organizations with links to worldwide jihad that are operating in Kerala. Behind them are powerful individuals who have influence over the political and police machinery. Until this nexus is neutralized, there will be no end to the problem. Successive governments in Kerala have found it expedient to tolerate if not actually encourage Muslim intransigence and exceptionalism. The very creation of the district of Malappuram as a bastion for Muslim power was an unfortunate act. Now the government tolerates the creation of fortress-like Muslim institutions45 where the laws of the land do not hold sway. These are no-go areas for the police and other law enforcement. These places, such as the Ponnani center with room for 2,500 converts at a given time, and a floating population of hundreds who come, get indoctrinated and leave, need to be brought under the purview of law and order. There is a yathim-khana which has room for 600 girls
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at once, a large number of them converted and abandoned victims of love-jihad. Governments resort to vague talk about “minority rights” but these enclaves can become strongholds of extremists. The instructive example of the Lal Masjid in Pakistan, which their Army had to attack with tanks, shows vividly how Muslim religious institutions can become armed citadels. There are several known Muslim fundamentalist organizations which have multiple activities, including propaganda, networking and cadre-building. As far as propaganda is concerned, their organizations such as “Smart Friends” and “Niche of Truth” are active in professional colleges, identifying students, bombarding them with propaganda material, and converting them. They have infiltrated a variety of political parties, partly as cover for their illicit activities, and partly to influence their directions: this falls under the networking umbrella. In addition, they have created a network of informants, some of whom are sympathizers, and others who are paid. They have infiltrated the police as well, and testimony from escapees suggests that the jihadis had a good idea of how much information the police had about them. This was used to move girls from safe-house to safe-house and stay one step ahead of any pursuers. The cadre-building part is alarming. They are being given military training under the tutelage of former Army officers, both Indian and Pakistani. There are a number of camps in the forested areas of Western Ghats in Kerala and Karnataka: one in Vagamon came to light when it was clarified that it was there that training was given to four Kerala terrorists who were shot dead by the Indian Army in Jammu and Kashmir. The intelligence services estimate that about 200 people were trained, of which 33 were converts (27 Hindu and 6 Christian). It is believed that in addition to Pakistanis, LTTE instructors were also involved in the training46. As a result of these activities in Kerala for which there is no deterrence, jihadis now believe they can do anything they want. For instance, jihadis have been murdering Hindu girls47 who refuse their advances. Conversely, jihadis are very concerned about the possibility of Muslim girls marrying Hindus

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and converting out of Islam. In a recent case48, the Court ordered that a Hindu boy and his Muslim wife who had converted to Hinduism should be allowed to live together, but a Muslim mob abducted the girl anyway. It is possible that, as has happened in ‘honor killings’ in the UK among Pakistani immigrants, the girl could well be murdered by her father or brother for ‘dishonoring’ the family by daring to marry outside their religion. There has to be some deterrent that suggests to the Jihadi fundamentalists that there are consequences – unpleasant ones – to their actions. Until this happens, they will continue to act in anti-social ways. The people who have to be deterred are not the foot soldiers, the jihadi romeos: they are a dime-a-dozen, and are viewed by all concerned as expendable. It is the senior people, the pillars of the community49, the brains behind the operation, who need to be deterred. Unfortunately, with Governments continuing to be mealy-mouthed on this topic, it is likely that vigilante groups may step into the vacuum. The Kerala High Court, while hearing the anticipatory bail hearings of Shahansha and Sirajuddin of the Pathanamthitta case, upbraided the DGP’s report for being “unclear”. On October 26th, the Court made these remarks, pointing out that the Police had made vague statements that contradicted the DGP’s own previous assertions50 about shadowy organizations promoting love-jihad. Predictably, the Government of India filed a statement that it was not aware of any such thing as love-jihad. These are examples of an ostrich-mentality on the part of the authorities.

Global phenomenon
The forced conversion of young women to Islam is a global phenomenon. ‘Love-jihad’ has been active in Britain for some years, as seen in stories in Appendix III from the Daily Mail, UK, dated February 22nd, 2007 and the Times of London, dated March 3rd, 2007. The victims were Hindu and Sikh girls in both cases. Another report from Abu Dhabi describes how Jews in Israel are facing the same problem in their country.
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Mathrubhoomi, Aug 2009 “Court ordered that they live together; but they attacked the house and abducted the girl”. Kilimanoor: In a case where the court had ordered that a couple could live together, relatives of the girl arrived with deadly weapons and forcibly abducted the girl… Pulimath Deepa Bhavan resident Rajmohan (21) and Kattupuram Manjappara resident Shamnamol (19) were in love. On the last 29th, they got married in a temple in Tamil Nadu. Kilimanoor police registered a case based on a complaint by the girl’s relatives… The couple appeared before the Trivandrum CJM. They both appealed to the court to let them live together. Since they had both reached the age of consent, the court allowed them to. They applied to the Kadakkal SubRegistrar’s Office to register their marriage. However, at 8:15pm on the 9th, her relatives appeared and abducted Shamnamol.
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There have been many reports about young white women being targeted in the UK in Muslim centers like Bradford. These girls too end up in drugs, prostitution and so on. In other white countries, the reports have principally been on lust-crazed Muslim men attacking white women on the streets and raping them, while also calling them sluts for not wearing burqas. In the US, Hindu college students have been targeted by Muslims who frequent “South Asia” social groups, which, in misguided liberalism, insist on extending a welcome to Pakistanis and Bangladeshis51. There was the tragic case of an entire Gujarati family which was stabbed to death and burned by a Bangladeshi52 because they objected to his relationship with one of their daughters. Jihadi predation is clearly a world-wide phenomenon. It has been slow to come to Kerala, but now that it has arrived, it has found fertile soil.

Conclusion
Without deterrents, love-jihad will continue to inflict horrendous costs on society. It is, like the criminal gangs of the Mafia, or the Triad gangs of the Chinese, nothing more than organized crime. Although it has a religious veneer to it, it has to be dealt with not as a religious matter, but as a criminal matter of trafficking in women, abduction, rape, and terrorism. The State cannot treat this as a “minority rights” issue, because it is a “women’s rights” and “human rights” issue for society at large: no minority has any business interfering in fundamental human rights. Love-jihad is also linked to sedition and violent separatism fomented by enemy aliens. It is a matter of national security, and has to be treated with the gravity it deserves.

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Ironically, these Bangladeshis and Pakistanis usually are members of Muslim-only campus groups as well, whereas any attempts to create Hindu-only campus groups are opposed tooth and nail by the “South Asia” people who immediately demonize them – in violation of the express freedom of religion provisions in the US Constitution – as “fascists”
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On May 21, 2007, in Van Nuys, California, Jayaprakash Dhanak, 56, and his daughter Karishma Dhanak, 20, were stabbed, strangled, and burned to death. Their house was burned down. Dhanak’s wife Leela, 53, was severely beaten and left for dead. The suspect, Iftekar Murtaza, 22, a Bangladeshi national, was detained with a one-way air ticket to Bangladesh. He was apparently the ex-boyfriend of another daughter in the family, Shayona Dhanak, 18, who was not at home at the time of the incident. Police noted that the brutality of the crime suggested there were multiple perpetrators, which indicates that Murtaza must have brought his (presumably Muslim) friends.

Appendix I: Interviews
Interview 1. Hindu girl victim (from the Pathanamthitta case, which led to the High Court order releasing her to her parents)
I was a studious girl and I have read quite a lot. I was an MBA student and I was in a hostel, sharing a room with several other girls, one of whom was my good friend, Anne53. I met this young Muslim man who was a senior student there. He was very helpful and friendly, and would help us with our work and projects and so forth, as we had trouble getting hold of some of the textbooks and other materials. He used to be in the forefront of all our battles with the college authorities: the place was not properly equipped for us to pursue our curriculum. Shahansha initially made friends with Anne. She is a bold and outgoing girl, and she grew up outside Kerala, so she was more comfortable with boys. I had gone to a girl’s school and then to a women’s’ college, so I was not so used to dealing with boys or men. But I thought since I was in a post-graduate course, I needed to learn how to work with men, and I thought he was a helpful man, so I became friendly with him. He had also been expelled from the college in 2007, so he was appearing privately for his exams, and we felt sorry for him, and used to help him with his project work. I now see that Shahansha was actually pursuing all four of us girls who were rooming together in this hostel: Anne, me, as well as two others, B and C. B realized after a while what was going on, and would have nothing to do with him. C has been seriously affected, and is now suffering from psychological problems. She is unwilling to talk about her trauma. Once we were all on good terms, he used to invite Anne and me to go to his house, which was in the same town. We didn’t want to go, but he insisted so much that we went. We met his family, they were a nice middle-class family, and his mother and sister were extremely nice to us. His mother treated us well, and she even used to do some of our tailoring for us, because we were not able to find a good place in town to get our clothes stitched. She also taught us about the rituals a Muslim woman practices in daily life. His father was a professional and they had a small family business too. We never used to go there when Shahansha was alone. Shahansha used to talk to us about religion; initially we didn’t pay much attention, but eventually we started listening to him. Most of what he told us was about how wonderful Islam was how terrible Hinduism and Christianity were. Since I didn’t know enough about my own religion, and his arguments were forceful, I started to believe his views. He introduced us to Shajahan, a photocopy-shop owner whose wife had converted from
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Christianity to Islam. She taught us how to do the Islamic prayers five times a day. Her husband also told us, and all the other girls who came to his shop, about the attractions of his religion and also about atrocities committed against Muslims. He used to charge less per page for Xeroxing, so all the students in town used to go to his shop. He had Muslim female assistants, and they used to support his assertions. I was unsure of what was going on, and I was confused. So I wrote a personal diary, in which I wrote all about my confusion. I wrote everything as a letter to the Sai Baba, because I believed in him. This was later produced as evidence in my case, and it convinced the judge that there was coercion and compulsion in my desire to go with him and to convert to Islam. One day I told Shahansha that I liked the purdah, which I did. He was pleased. I was beginning to be attracted to him despite my reservations. One day in February 2009 he told me that he could only love a wife; but he was getting close to me, and that was not good. He said his main interest was in spirituality. He was trying to see how much he had been able to get to me. Then he told me that as a religious man, he had to be a deeni — an Arabic term that meant he had to hide my affection for me and to pretend that he only liked me for Islam. When he told me he liked me, I was shocked but also a little thrilled. By now, he and the photocopy man had begun to give us religious propaganda material54 and I was beginning to believe I needed to convert to Islam. In truth, I was more interested in Islam than in Shahansha. But he persisted, and told me that if I told my parents they would not agree to our marriage. I told him that I couldn’t marry him without their permission. But by then, he had known me for a year and a half, and knew all my psychological weak points and he took full advantage of them. By this time, there were rumors in college that I was going to marry Shahansha and go to Ponnani to convert. My friend’s mother came to stay there because the rumors had got to her as well. But we told her there was nothing to the rumor, and we were going to write our exams in July. But the issue of my marrying Shahansha and converting to Islam kept coming up. Shajahan and others from the mosque were taking the initiative. I told them that I liked their religion and wished to convert and to marry Shahansha. In June/July I went to my house in Trivandrum, and I was virtually under house arrest because my parents were upset about all these things. There were threatening phone calls: “Our boy likes your girl, and regardless of what you do, we will make sure that they get married”. But when my father called Shahansha and asked him directly, he said, “No, I am not interested in her like that.” But Shajahan figured at that time that I was more interested
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in Islam than in Shahansha, so I was told he was looking for some other Muslim man for me to marry. By then, I was convinced that I wanted to convert to Islam. I converted informally to Islam by reciting the kaleema55 in April 2009. I was informed on my mobile that on July 18th 2009, I should run away and people from the Jamaat would help me. At 3:00 in the morning, I climbed down from the terrace of our house and was met in a green Scorpio car by members of the Popular Front56. As soon as I met them, they took my phone SIM card and destroyed it, explaining that this was to prevent the police from tracking me using it. There were two men and two women in burqas. I was also given a burqa to wear. They showed CDs in the car which were from banned organizations, extolling Islam and jihad. The local man, Yasin, who had arranged everything, got down after a while: he was the one who had given me the signal on my mobile that everything was ready. I was driven to a household of Popular Front people. Like all the other ‘safe houses’ these were ordinary houses where families lived, and I was given a room. Later, two new men in a Lancer car arrived and took me to another house, belonging to a Haneefa Haji. All these were new people, and I had no contact with Shahansha or Shajahan as my phone was confiscated. But all these people behaved well with me. My friend Anne, who had similarly run away from her house on the same night, was also brought there. Then we were taken to Malappuram for a week. Shahansha called me and told me the separation from him was so that I could get closer to god, and that I would be given further religious instruction. They told me more about the organization and about its objectives and plans. I was also told that I should never ever speak about the Popular Front. In the meantime my parents had filed the habeas corpus petition and when it was clear the police would arrest Shahansha in Pathanamthitta, he came to Malappuram. “I have come to marry you”, he said. He also said the Popular Front had wanted to take me to Bangalore and marry me off to somebody else. They also brought several men, a dentist and others, to show them to Anne. But their families were not happy about this. Finally, a temporary bus conductor named Sirajuddin was approved as the person to marry Anne. Accordingly, on August 12th, we were taken to notary’s office in Kozhikode, where we executed “agreements to marry” signed by me and Shahansha, and by Anne and Sirajuddin. That night, as our nikah had been conducted, our marriages were consummated. We stayed in this house, which belonged to a woman named Khadeeja, for a week as husband and
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A shadowy organization affiliated with the National Democratic Front, a militant Islamic group in Kerala. According to the Wikipedia entry on the NDF, police believe it is a new incarnation of the banned SIMI and ISS; it shares some of the same founding members. The Popular Front runs the “Thegass” [sic] newspaper, which presents extreme Muslim views. The PF’s name itself is derived from the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine, so it views itself as a pan-Islamic group using global Islamic grievances to justify its actions in Kerala

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wife. So did Anne and Sirajuddin. I later came to know that she was sexually assaulted in an unnatural and illegal fashion by Sirajuddin57, but out of consideration for me, she never said anything to me. I was not sexually abused. We were brought to the court, and I found his mother had filed an affidavit that her son was innocent, and that I had seduced him. The judge observed that neither my ‘wedding’ nor my conversion to Islam were legally valid. Therefore he released me to my parents and Anne to hers. Now I thank God that I was able to escape from this terrible mess and come back to my parents. I know that my future will be uncertain because of all that I have been through, but I am talking about all the things that happened to me in the hope that it can help others. If at least one other girl escapes such a terrible fate because of my example, I shall be happy. Note 1: It is believed that the same Shahansha was propagating terrorism-related material on the Web in orkut using a slightly different name. He was the head of the local Muslim League students union Note 2: This girl has been incredibly brave to relate all the details of her ordeal to various press people. A long essay in Kalakaumudi magazine provides full details of what she went through. She is to be complimented on her resolve, and it is necessary to find some mechanism for supporting her. A girl with her experiences (as she said, “a girl who has lived with a man for a week as husband and wife”, among other things) may find it difficult to get a husband, or to cope in general. Counseling, sympathetic rehabilitation, and perhaps even a way to relocate her to some other state with the equivalent security of a “witness protection program” would be of great use to her. When one speaks to her, one is impressed by her spirit and her courage. In her situation, many other young women would be so broken and defeated that they would scarcely be able to function. In fact, she mentioned another girl who was also in her college who had been subject to similar attentions (although she did not run away) and who is now mentally unbalanced.

List of books provided by Shahansha to the Hindu girl:
In Malayalam: 1. 2. 3. 4.
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Salutations in Islam: Said Safar Sadiq Jesus’ path is the same as Mohammed’s: Prof P P Shahul Hamid Woman in an Islamic society: Abdussalam Vaniyambalam Koran and Christian criticism: author unclear

A criminal case has been filed in this regard under Section 377 or the Indian Penal Code which makes ‘unnatural’ sex, that is anything other than vaginal sex, an offense.

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The Signs of Qiyamat, or when is Qiyam? Mohammed Bashir Chisti MA, RBP Wordly signs of divine existence: Imam Ghazzali The responsibilities of husband and wife: T K Abdulla Moulvi Ramadan: Trove of blessings: author unclear

10. From the jailhouse to the mosque: Abdulla Adiyar 11. Nabvi moments: Moulana Mohammed Ilyas Nadvi 12. The greatness of Tauba: author unclear 13. The Islam I love: Adiyar 14. The importance of contracts in Islam: Maulana Abdullahil Ma’arufi 15. Disease and treatment in the Islamic view: Dr. Muktar Abdullah 16. Islamic life: Mohammed Adani Maulvi 17. With submission, before the Koran: Vanidas Elayavoor (Note: interesting use of a Hindu name, perhaps that of a convert or a soon-to-be-convert?) 18. Sultan Salahuddin Ayoobi: Siddiq Cherur (Note: since this has a crescent and a cross and blood dripping over a stylized map of the Middle East, it must be an Islamic narrative of the crusades and the role of Saladin) 19. La ilaha illallaha: Philosophy, law and how to live it: Mohammed Qutb 20. Al Hidaya: the philosophy of acting: (Hanafi) 21. The position of women in Islam: B. Aesha Lemu 22. Life after death: Hazrat Maulana Mohammed Ashiq Ilahi Madani 23. Islamic philosophy, condensed: Vakkom Abdulkhadar Maulvi 24. Ayesha: Syed Suleiman Nadvi 25. Mohammed Nabi, the great teacher of humanity: Sheikh Mohammed Karakunnu, Vanidas Elayavur In English: 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. Six Points of Tabligh: author unclear Prayers of the Prophet (SAW): Majnoon Du’Aain Best Muslim Names (English-Malayalam-Arabic) Islam and Management: Dr. Naceur Jebnoun Mechanics of Doomsday and life after death: Bashirur-ud-din Mahmood

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Interview 2. A father, a government officer, whose daughter eloped
My daughter was a student in a Muslim-run engineering college. She was a final year student. There is a gang of young men who are involved in love-jihad schemes and 10-12 girls have been abducted just like my daughter. The day of her final examination, she didn’t come home; at night this young man called and said they had gotten married, she had converted, and they were going to live near his parents’ house in another town. He was not a student at the college; there is a so-called Mujahideen gang of young men who have been pursuing Hindu girls in the college. They apparently had a proper registered marriage some months before in the town of XYZ, where he produced a fake certificate of residency. The wedding was performed under the Special Marriage Act. I am told that a number of such weddings have taken place there. The XYZ town Registry Officer is a Muslim. Every one of the witnesses in my daughter’s registered marriage were also Muslims. My daughter and this man have been living together for three months now. I went and visited them. He seems to have a good job with a marketing firm, and his family seems to be an upper middle-class Muslim family. Given the fact that my daughter seems reasonably happy, I did not want to bring a court case against them. My relatives are unhappy with me for not doing so. My daughter and I speak now and then, somewhat formally. But she is in regular contact with her mother. My daughter was a smart and quiet girl and a good student. She was very well read. She was reading the Gita, Bible and Koran, and I thought she was doing a comparative study, so I encouraged her. Later I found she had received large amounts of propaganda literature about Islam in Malayalam, printed in Kozhikode. I think they target smart girls. What could I have done better? I should have paid more attention to the changes in her. I noticed she had stopped going to the temple, and had stopped wearing a bindi. But I myself don’t go to temples, because I do not believe in rituals, so I didn’t take this seriously. I should also have restricted her access to the mobile phone and to the Internet. I don’t know of any girls from her college who have been brought back after being induced to elope. But I do not blame the Muslim management of the college: it is not their fault, this could have happened in any college. Yes, I have another daughter, a younger one, and my elder daughter does talk to her quite a bit. I am concerned about her; especially when the time comes for her to be married, my elder daughter’s case is likely to hurt her chances. For a long time, I was not willing to talk about my problems to anybody, but now I feel that other fathers and mothers should learn from what happened to me, and pay more attention to what their children are doing and also instruct them better in the ways of the world.

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Note: even though this father was putting on a brave face, his eyes were brimming with tears the entire time we were talking. He is a shattered man, because his trust has been betrayed: not only in his daughter, but also in those ‘secular’ ideals he had been holding. The person who introduced me to him said that he was on the verge of being ostracized by his extended family because of his refusal to take action to bring her back (although it is hard to see what he could do considering she is over 18, she is properly married and converted and apparently content). My informant suggested that that might have led to the father, mother and younger daughter converting as well, because of the social stigma that would have haunted them. Instead, he said he had managed to patch things up between them and their relatives. Note 2: There is concern that, in following a known pattern, the converted daughter (in the fit of enthusiasm of a new convert who wants to prove that she is a true believer) will now attempt to induce her younger sister also to follow in her footsteps, convert and run off with a Muslim. She apparently is in touch with her mother and younger sister on the phone frequently.

Interview 3: A mother, a bank officer, whose son has become embroiled in terrorism
My son was a quiet and innocent child, quite a good student, until his SSLC exam. When he went to the Plus-2 stage, he started getting into a bad circle of friends. Apparently, there was a classmate of his, who is related to a local Muslim goonda. That boy started taking my son into bad things, although he himself did just fine in class. When some of these thugs were arrested and jailed, and they were shown on TV, my son knew all of them. My son started neglecting his studies, and changed totally. He became a bully at home and started physically abusing his father and me. He has hit his father and injured him many times, and he has attacked me as well: he tried to strangle me once. He spent all his time at the movie theater. He wouldn’t go to class, he would cut classes and he wouldn’t appear for the exams. He is now 24, but he has not got very far in his studies. He joined some kind of multi-level network marketing entity, at the age of 18, and thereafter all he was interested in was money. He wanted a Pulsar motorbike, and he chose the biggest, toughest-looking one. His friends were abusing the motorbike, so much so that we have had to do thousands of rupees of repair work on it. Then he started demanding that we buy him a Lancer car: specifically that, nothing else would do. It must have been a demand from his gang friends who wanted to use it for some particular reason. I said we couldn’t afford a Lancer, and would buy a Maruti Swift. He was not satisfied with that. One day he barricaded himself inside the house, and started destroying all the furniture and strewing the glass all over the house. He was not going to

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be satisfied unless we bought a Lancer. In desperation, I called my brother, and he came and my son so hard that he temporarily seemed to come back to his senses. When my husband and I were at work, he started bringing people to our house. The neighbors started noticing that there were always dubious-looking women, and they suspected that there was a prostitution ring going on in the house. People from the entire colony once surrounded the house and forced the people inside to come out. But it humiliated us in the neighborhood. Also, we were always giving him money to avoid him making a huge racket. I found out my son was on some illegal drug. His change in behavior was that abrupt. He had been a gentle boy, scared of even getting a small wound. After he met up with this gang, he changed completely. One day, he said to me there was a deep abscess on his lip, which worried him. I remembered seeing such an abscess on the lip of a habitual drug addict. He went to some quack, who gave him such strong medicines that he was trembling all the time and his grip was as weak as a baby’s. I know the names of the medicines. We finally took him to a proper clinical psychologist, and he gave him aversion therapy. The nurse told me that the medicines the quack gave him could have killed him, and the drugs he was addicted to were also very serious. I think it is the drugs that made him such a monster, unrecognizable from who he had been. What should I have done better? I should have observed the changes in him as soon as they started. He used to sing very well, classical music, and my daughter and I do too. Suddenly he lost interest in that. And he suddenly started spending a lot of money on clothes. He would demand a few thousand rupees from us, and the next day he would ask for more. We don’t know how and where the money was going. We thought of our family’s honor58 and gave him the money he asked for. Note: My informant told me that this young man had joined an Islamic gang which had used his identity to buy a SIM which was later implicated in bombings especially in Bangalore. The youngster was apparently seduced into the gang by the use of sexual favors from a girl, who is believed to be a converted Hindu now being used to entrap young men. (See more about him later in Appendix-II in the Janmabhoomi article on “Two weeks to bag the prey”.)

Interview 4. A young man who escaped from a coerced marriage
I am from a poor family. I have two elder brothers and my parents. When I was in 7th standard, I had to drop out because my parents did not have the money to pay the fees. Thereafter started doing house-painting work for Rs. 300 a day near a yathim-khana (Muslim orphanage) in Kozhikode, which is part of a place called Muqaddar, where a lot of conversion
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activities take place. A young woman from the orphanage started talking to me. I did not find her attractive, but she persisted. She told me that she wanted to marry me and that if I became a Muslim, I would be able to find a good job and make good money. That orphanage had about 40 women, and almost all of them were converted Hindu women. Several of them encouraged me to marry this woman, who was also a converted Hindu. Her mother had married a Christian before, but then she converted to Islam and married a Muslim fisherman, and so she had sent this girl (also converted) to the Muslim orphanage. She told me that I would be given Rs. 2 lakh if I married her after converting. I agreed, and was taken to Ponnani where there is a large center where conversions take place. There are batches of people coming and going all the time, at any one time there are hundreds of people undergoing conversion there. Fifty will leave today after completion of conversion; fifty others will take their place. It takes 60 days of religious instruction, and then they give you a certificate that you are a Muslim. I did all this, I was circumcised, and then I was formally married to this girl. However, I never received any of the money I had been promised. Instead, whatever I earned I had to hand over to her. She even took away the gold chain I had, because she claimed gold was not proper for a Muslim man. So I am poorer than I was. And I could not send any money to my parents. I have been devastated at the thought of how my poor mother is able to deal with my disappearance, and about how I haven’t been able to send her any money. Then I heard that my mother was unwell, and I decided I had to escape. I cannot get another mother if she dies, although I can another wife if I lose this one. I don’t like this woman anyway. She is now three months pregnant. I jumped over the wall one night and ran away. I had just about Rs. 200 with me which I had managed to hide. Using this I took a train and landed in this town. I am afraid to go back to my parents’ house because surely they will come looking for me there and take me away. I just want to let my mother know that I have gotten away from that hellish place. The village that I was living in is in Kollam district. It is almost entirely Muslim, and almost all of them are new converts from Hinduism.

Appendix II: Malayalam Media Reports
The Malayalam media has been more aware of this issue than the English-language media and has published a number of penetrating analyses. Although there have long been rumors of organized religious conversion activity in educational institutions, the first concrete reports about these started appearing in the media in early 2009.59

The Kerala Kaumudi, Feb 09: “Love Jihad’, which aims to convert by marriage, is in Kerala as well”:
An organisation named “love Jihad” with the objective to trap girls in the web of love in order to marry is active in Kerala as well. It is learned that this organization has converted hundreds of girls through this modus operandi. The Special Branch of Police began investigation when mass religious conversions came to light in the more than 4000 marriages recorded within the last 6 months in the Panchayat directory. The highest concentration of such marriages was reported in Malapurram district. Kozhikode and Kannur are just behind. There are reports of such marriage in other districts too. This organization is using a group of young boys from a certain religion. They are instructed to lure girls from other religions. As per the instructions to recruits of this organization, they have to romance a girl within 2 weeks and brainwash them to get converted and marry within 6 months. Special instructions to have at least 4 kids have also been given. If the target doesn’t get trapped within first 2 weeks, they are instructed to leave them and move on to another girl. The money required for this is arriving from foreign sources. This organisation has been active in Kerala for a year. Modern gadgets like mobile phone, motorbikes and fashionable clothes are given to the recruits as tools for the mission. Each district has its own zone chairman to oversee the mission. Prior to College admission they make a list of girls segregating them along religious lines.

Mangalam, Feb 09: “A large number of those who went to Mangalore to study are on the path to terrorism”.
Subtitle : “40 religious conversions in controversial establishment in Kozhikode in the last month”: “A large number of Malayali students who went to Mangalore for nursing studies have become involved in terrorism through religious conversion. A number of Christian and
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Ezhava students from Kottayam, Kannur and Pathanamthitta districts have apparently become trapped in the web of the terrorists. A number of girls from Tiruvalla, Pala areas have recently been converted according to intelligence agencies. A [converted] girl from Muvattupuzha, a nursing student in Mangalore, who went to a controversial religious study center in Kozhikode, and who disappeared from there, is untraced at this time... She disappeared from the very same institution where Verghese Joseph alias Mohammed Yasin had been converted. Yasin/Joseph, an Ernakulam native, was shot dead by the army60 in Kashmir. The institution maintains that the girl had arrived on her own for religious studies, and had left on her own. Intelligence forces have received information that just in the last month 40 people have been converted in this very institution. Of these, 32 were Hindus and 8 were Christians. Six where from Karnataka and Andhra and the rest were from Kerala... Secret services have been observing an entity in Bangalore which has for the last five years been converting students. Once police scrutiny was strengthened, the group has moved its base to Mangalore... A particular community runs two colleges in Mangalore where they charge especially low fees, which attracts students... It is reported that young men are pretending romance with girl students, marrying them and converting them. Those who are caught in these ‘love traps’ are willing to do anything. They are indoctrinated in religious study centers and become firm believers. Some of them are likely to be used as suicide bombers, according to security agencies. Those who are financially backward are seduced through offers of money, as well.”

The Mathrubhoomi, Aug 29th: “Court orders that a mother and children who were taken for religious conversion should be produced in court”:
“A young woman and her three children who were taken to Ponnani61 for conversion to Islam are to be produced in court, the Kerala High Court has instructed the police. Joy, of Kalamassery, had petitioned the court for relief alleging that his wife and children had been kidnapped and forcibly held by a group of people. The petitioner alleged that three young men who lived in a rented house near Joy’s residence in Kalamassery had induced Joy’s wife and three girls, aged 3, 6 and 8, to go to Ponnani by promising their mother lucrative employment. The ‘Mounathul Islam Association’ has been found to be involved in this, according to the police...
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Several Kerala Muslims including this Christian convert, formerly a criminal gang-member, were given weapons training in the Vagamon area and other forests in the Western Ghats, and sent to Kashmir with explicit instructions to kill Indian Army soldiers and support the infiltration of Pakistanis.
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The woman had left her home with the children on August 10th to go to her maternal home; on August 15th, she was missing from there. According to the police, the petitioner had reached Ponnani on August 17th, but was initially denied a chance to see them. Upon pleading further, he was granted 5 minutes to see them in the presence of others. However, he was stated that he was unable to talk to them. The petition further states that the Mounathul Islam Association is an entity that does conversions into Islam. The court has ordered that the woman and children are to be produced in court on Monday...”

The Malayala Manorama, Aug 31st, Op-Ed: “Love Bombs to Burst”
Subtitled: “She is a victim, everywhere” and “We continue our investigation into the love trap that hides within campus walls...” “The three girls asked62: Shall I go with thee to the forest to tend to thy flock? In the couplet, the young man says, “No, no, we must not, we must not forget ourselves”. But there was nobody to tell these girls “No”. They were taken to places they should not have gone to, and into circumstances that they should not have encountered. By the time they realized their mistakes, a river of tears had been shed, their own and their parents’. It was to the forests with the imprint of terrorism that these girls went. They were taught the ideas and activities of banned organizations. To induce them, all sorts of blandishments including clothes and money were lavished on them. Some of them eventually realize the slippery slope they are on, and managed to escape. But the vast majority of them are unaware that they are being turned into sacrificial lambs: their numbers are increasing. This attraction is the new tactic of a terrorist organization. College students are their target. The mechanism: smart young men. Plenty of money. Vehicles. Clothes. In Trivandrum district alone, there is a Scorpio car and eight motorbikes made available to them. The money for all this is sent regularly to certain bank accounts. Even though hints about this was given to the higher authorities, the police did not take action. Finally, it took the fact that a close relative of a senior police officer was caught in this for the khaki army to wake up. Trivandrum Cantonment Assistant Commissioner K S Gopakumar and his task force brought out some shocking facts. They were also able to give two girls their lives back. They also discovered that the culprits were active in Mangalore, Bangalore and Nagercoil outside Kerala. Case 1: Trivandrum resident, 23 years old. Case 2: Kottarakkara resident, 23 years old. [Relative of a senior police officer. Friend and roommate of Case 1]
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When she got a job as a nursery school, she hoped to be able to support her impoverished family. Her salary was very small63, and she was promised an additional Rs. 1000 if she were to be trained in certain places the school authorities would direct her to. However, she recognized that the training was not in managing children, but in terrorism. This led to open threats that she would be fired. Eventually, partly due to pressure from her co-workers, she was forced to go to Kerala with a young man. She was housed in a three-storey building next to the beach in Kozhikode; she has no further details. There was no contact with the outside world. The mobile phone SIM was taken away and destroyed. It was later that she found there were many other girls in the same circumstances as her in the same ‘safe house’. Every day, in the name of training, they were brainwashed with certain ideas. One day, she was given the opportunity to contact her family. “I am with a friend, there is no need to investigate about me”, that was all she was allowed to say before the call was deliberately cut off. It was using this mobile number that the girl’s father complained to the Mangalore police. The police, her father and friends reached Kozhikode and rescued her. She is only beginning to recover from the effects of 28 days of imprisonment. In all three cases, it was due to the efforts of their parents that these girls were rescued. But what if the parents are not willing to accept her back even if she is in the most pathetic of circumstances? This is the situation facing a girl who is missing from Vanchiyoor, Trivandrum. When she got an opportunity to call her home, she pleaded, “I am in hell, please save me”. Her brother’s cruel response was, “You left us on your own. Now you can suffer on your own. Do not be a nuisance to me as well”. There has been no further information from this girl. The family was not even interested in tracing the number, and therefore the police have no clue. It is believed that of the 500 girls thus entrapped in Kerala by terrorists, 120 have returned, having been able to resist the temptations. Now, think, reader, when the octopus-arms of terrorism reach even campuses in the guise of romance, is the girl-child safe? The obvious answer: No!”

The New Indian Express, Sept 4 th, by Balbir Punj: “Political environment is the real culprit”
Subtitled “It speaks poorly of our intelligence apparatus if jihadi outfits could abduct 4000 Indian girls over the last several years”:

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“The allegation that Muslim ‘boys’ entice Hindu girls into marriage for reasons other love, and as a part of an Islamic conspiracy, is usually dismissed as a part of insidious Sangh Parivar communal propaganda. But a recent chance investigation by Kerala Police has brought out the ugly details of this sickening stratagem. The August 31 issue of a Malayalam newspaper Malayala Manorama, carried an extensive report on how a Pakistan-based terrorist organization is planning, abetting and financing the enticing of college girls from different communities to become cannon fodder for its programmes in India. The report terms such girls ‘Love Bombs’. The modus operandi is clever. Muslim boys in Kerala are employed by the terror organizations to entice college girls. Handsome and dashing boys are selected and financed to have cars, motorbikes, most expensive clothing and lots of cash. Their job is to move in groups, select their prey and then entice it to elope with them on the promise of marriage and great life abroad. After days of pretended love making, the girls easily begin to believe that they have got their ‘Prince Charming’. Once they elope, a marriage is registered before a notary and then the girl is whisked from place to place. The victim begins to believe that she has to undergo this to evade her parents who would be searching for her. Hideouts include places that have a heavy Muslim concentration. No outside contact is allowed to the victim. All the time she is subject to propaganda that eulogizes terrorism, jihad and the ultimate victory of the religion. Though the racket has been going on for quite some years and several complaints of missing girls were lodged with Kerala Police, the latter ignored it saying that the girls had eloped and they could not do anything. The racket came to light only when one of the victims happened to be the daughter of a ranking police officer and another somehow managed to send word to her parents about the reality of her situation. The parent in the second case approached the high court with a habeas corpus petition and the court ordered the police to produce the victim in court. Investigations show that all over India some 4,000 girls have been recruited as potential terror hands and suicide bombers in this manner (against their will). In Kerala alone police suspect that over 500 have become victims. If the jihadi outfits in Pakistan could abduct and train as many as 4,000 Indian girls over the last several years, it speaks poorly of our intelligence apparatus. Perhaps it is not fair to blame the police and intelligence. The prevailing political environment that treats the perpetrators of violent jihad with kid gloves is the real culprit...”

The Janmabhoomi, “Illegal detention for religious conversion: girls released to their parents”
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again on September 8th. Based on habeas corpus petitions submitted by residents of Kottarakkara and Trivandrum, the court had issues notices, and the respondents had produced the girls in court accordingly. The petitioner’s daughters completed their MBAs in Pattanamthitta. A senior of theirs in college, one Shahansha of Keecheri Petta in Pathanamthitta, was accused of illegally detaining the girls. A division bench consisting of Justices R Basant and M C Harirani heard this petition. The girls had disappeared in the early morning of July 18th. Responding to the court notices, Shahansha and one Sirajuddin of Kothuvanal appeared in court. They also produced in court documents that indicated the girl’ willingness to enter into marriage with them. However, the police submitted that the marriage documents were fake, and that it was necessary to investigate whether the girls had been abducted for forced conversion. The prosecution further explained that the suspects’ links to terrorist organizations is being investigated. Subsequently, the court ordered the girls to be released to the custody of their parents. The court also ordered on the 21st that the girls be given full freedom to pray and eat the food of their choice. However, when the court was considering the case yesterday, the girls were not willing to even talk to Shahansha or Sirajuddin even though the court gave them the opportunity to do so. They submitted that they had realized that they had been foolish. Even though the court asked them in camera whether they had changed their stance due to pressure or threats, the girls were firm in their position that they were unwilling to have any dealings with the suspects.”

The Janmabhoomi, Sept 18th, by K N Jinesh : 1. Romance, Mates, Prey 2. Female jihadis too organize honey-traps 3. Heart-breaking stories 4. Just two weeks to bag the prey 1. “Romance, Mates, Prey”
Subtitled “By the time she realized that she had victimized by someone who specialized in pretending romance towards girls from other religions and depositing them in centers for religions conversion, he had already left in pursuit of his next victim. This is not an isolated incident from Trivandrum. This ‘love jihad’ is but the latest face of the 1300-year-old global project of Muslims to demean non-Muslims as ‘kafirs’ and exterminate them”. “… A student at the REC from Coimbatore was romanced by a Muslim boy from the nearby CMS College. It is believed that he did this with the co-operation and encouragement of terrorist groups. She was taken to Bangalore and converted on the pretext that she was to be married. She was lodged at the West Fort hotel, but on her supposed first night of marriage, it was not her husband, but six or seven men in their thirties and forties who

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came to her bed. She was continually raped for seven days, and finally she escaped by sending an SMS from a waiter’s cell phone. She is now undergoing psychiatric care… “A student at the Kozhikode Regional Engineering College was romanced by Malappuram native Jalaluddin via cellphone. She was taken to the Jain resort in Masinagudi, Ooty, and was induced to perform sexual acts. A woman from Kasargod Mudrapuram was pursued in a computer center by Uppala native Sadiq who took her to Ponnani, converted her and left her at a yathim-khana in Ponnani and disappeared. Thereafter the moulvi and his helpers raped her for weeks, according to the girl who is in hospital in Mangalore…”

2. “Female jihadis too to organize honey-traps”
“… There are hidden cameras in net-cafes and ice-cream parlors that capture the private moments of the so-called lovers. These are then used to blackmail the girls and to convert them. They cleverly utilize womens’ weaknesses for cinemas, ice-creams, new clothes, pleasure trips and so forth and use these to gain their ends. The Romeos have been trained by experts and have prepared themselves extensively for their love-jihad activities… … It is alleged that the origin of the love-jihad as well as its funding come from Dammam [in Saudi Arabia] via the Indian Fraternity Forum which raises funds in Gulf countries…”

3. “Heart-breaking stories”
“… Studies by the National University of Advanced Legal Studies in Kochi based on records by the Kerala Police’s Crime Record Bureau have found that 2167 girls have disappeared in 2007 and 2530 in 2008… These are only the incidents in which police cases have been registered, and so the actual number may be much greater. Those who legitimately elope with their lovers and get married legally are traced with two or three weeks, according to the police. The question of the fate of the others gains greater relevance. It appears that these facts point to the love jihad. It is after that love-jihad began its activity in 2006 in Kerala that the disappearances of girls and women have increased dramatically. The converted victims are lodged at religious study centers by the jihadis. They are told they will be back in six months to marry them, and the jihadis move on to the next prey. There are indications that these women, who are raped and sexually assaulted for weeks, are drugged and shipped abroad thereafter. They are transported by boat from deserted coastal areas of Kozhikode and Kochi , taken to Mangalore, Goa, Chennai or Lakshadweep, and thereafter taken abroad. They are taken to Gulf countries allegedly for jobs but also for sex slavery. Raids in brothels in Kochi and Kozhikode recently found that the majority of the Muslim

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girls there were formerly Hindu-Christian girls who had been taken to Mangalore and Bangalore and converted…”

4. “Just two weeks to bag the prey”
“Kottayam. As many as 12 SIM cards used in the bomb blasts in Bangalore were found registered to a resident of Kalamasseri in Kochi. This startled the anti-terrorism squad officers. It is notable that the love-jihad is active in this case as well. A young man, whose parents are bank officers, was entrapped with the help of female jihadis, and his identity was appropriated by terrorists to purchase the SIM cards. It was supposedly to get a job in the money-chain organization RMP that a Muslim girl took the young man’s identification documents. A young Muslim man operating an entity in the Oberon Mall in Edappally was the mastermind behind this. This entity was later shut down on receipt of a legal notice. Some 22 young men from nearby areas such as Palluruthi, Kakkanad, and Edakochi have been entrapped by jihadi femme fatales. There are men who are induced into terrorism by young women who befriend them on Orkut or via Internet chat rooms. Once she has captured the young man, the woman will disappear. Thereafter he will be handled by terrorist groups. A woman jihadi is given a reward of more than a lakh of rupees on successful conversion of a young man. The compensation is greater than that given to male love-jihadis. A target is supposed to be bagged within two weeks according to the instructions given to both the jihadis and jihadinis. If, after two weeks of effort, the potential prey is still resisting, they are moved to the “difficult list”, and the jihadis should move on to fresh prey, according to instructions given by the organizational leaders. The idea of coercing marriage within 6 months is uniform for male and female jihadis. Muslim girls and converted Muslim girls from Mangalore, Bangalore and Nagercoil who are multilingual are assigned for this activity. A central district coordinator arranges for vehicles and mobile phones for the jihadinis. It may be noted that the Pathanamthitta girl has testified in court about the presence of two women in the vehicle when she was being transported to be converted… In Punnapra in Alappuzha district, three young men have been induced to go to Ponnani for Islamic studies. One of them has married a Muslim woman and is now living as a Muslim. A Nair youth whose mother is a headmistress, and two others who are the children of army veterans, were taken recently to Ponnani for three months of religious indoctrination. One of them was romanced through love-jihad by a girl, who successfully induced all three to convert. Upon returning from their indoctrination, the youngsters created a commotion, insisting that the images of Hindu deities be removed from their houses. Neighbors say that these youngsters, between 20 and 22 years of age, had access to large amounts of money, and that the parents were unable or unwilling to control them because of the money. They are believed to have links to the NDF.

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A jihadi named Javed Ghulam Sheikh alias Pranesh Kumar Pillai, is also believed to have been converted and inducted into terrorism by a female jihadi. He was shot by Gujarat Police in an encounter. 17-year-old Ishrat Jehan and terrorists named Amjad Ali and Jisan Johar Abdul Gani were also killed in the encounter. Of the 4,000 Hindu girls who have been converted via love-jihad, some numbers are employed in various States of India to convert young men, according to investigative agencies.”

The Janmabhoomi, “She went, she returned, she went again”
Subtitle: “They sold their house and borrowed money to search for her; when she came back, all she had was stories of sexual and other harassment; yet, one days she was gone again.” “This family is from Kottayam district. Two girls, because the elder girl is mentally handicapped, all of the parents’ hopes and dreams rested on her, the younger one. She was brought up like a princess with all the affection they could give her. She was a good student, and was in Plus-1 as a science student. Some repairs were needed to her house. A young man who came to do construction work quickly became friendly with the family. He was from Nagercoil in Tamil Nadu. He had married a young woman from Kottayam, and they had two children. One day he said to her, “I shall take you home with me”. She was furious, and told her relatives. They questioned and beat him up. That day he came to their house and apologized to her parents. He told her he viewed as just like one of his own children. They believed him, and allowed him to come back to construction work. One day, he disappeared, along with her, and his elder daughter. The family complained to the police. Since their efforts were minimal, they filed a habeas corpus petition. The court ordered that on March 1, 2008 a special task force should be constituted to find the 17-year-old. There were investigations inside and outside Kerala. They found the man, the girl and his elder daughter in his house in Nagercoil, and police produced them in court. She was released to her parents, and he left with his wife and daughters. The family did not ask her why she went with him. They did not punish her or scold her, but gave her all their affection. What she told them were tales of the harassment she underwent: when she didn’t submit to him, how he beat her up, injured her... It was in revenge for the fact that her family had beaten him up that he had seduced and abducted her. Her tears convinced them that she hated him. “I cannot go anywhere, people ask me awkward questions”, she lamented to them. She had been expelled from her Plus-1

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course by then, so they put her in a relative’s house in Alappuzha and she joined the commerce stream; she started studying well. A marriage proposal came for her from a young man who knew the whole story. Meanwhile, a phone call that had come to her house worried the family, but did not frighten them. The next day, she disappeared from Alappuzha. And he did too. The family no longer has any money to spend on tracking her down. The previous time, they had sold their family property to finance the search; this time they have no money. Besides, she has turned eighteen, legally able to take her own decisions. The family has one prayer for her now: Daughter, whatever your path is, may only good come to you.”

The Kerala Kaumudi, by Sherina Bashir: “The number of disappeared girls: 8 per day”
“Every day, eight girls are disappearing in Kerala in mysterious circumstances. They leave their relatives in the depths of despair, and they generally do not return. Those who return have tales of betrayal and tears. Their numbers are increasing year by year. This information is based on a study by the National University of Advanced Legal Studies in Kochi, based on the State Crime Branch Bureau’s records. The majority of girls are between 14 and 19. In 2005, ???? [Ed: unclear] girls went missing. Of these, 265 have not been found. In 2007, 2167 girls were missing. Of these, 300 are yet to be found. By 2008, the number had gone up to 2530. The largest number of missing girls is from Trivandrum district. Next is Kollam district with 262. Of those missing, 5% are killed. Most of the others are untraceable. Boys are also reported missing, but their numbers are far fewer than of girls. Besides, 80% of boys return within three or four days. Girls, if they do return, may not come back for months. They have usually been induced to run away by some third party. There are no effective steps in place to combat the increasing tendency of girls to run away. Because their parents are so focused on their family honor or ‘face’64 many of the villains behind the girls’ disappearance get away with it.

Sidebar: What parents should know
Children between 14 and 19 are experiencing the effects of growth hormones and sexual hormones. Because of this, they are likely to be rebellious and disobedient. They are independent and easily angered at this age. When anxious parents put in place many restrictions on the children they seek affection elsewhere, and they may end up victimized by sex rackets. There are many who fall prey to fake job advertisements. Most of the girls affected are endangered by their so-called love affairs.
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Sidebar: What is behind elopement
Parents are not paying sufficient attention because of their job pressures Difficult relationships within the family Excessive use of the mobile phone and the Internet that leads them to the sex rackets Escapism from monetary difficulties or academic problems Love traps.

The Kerala Kaumudi, September 27th, “Kerala: The Silent Abode of Jihadis”
Subtitle: “A warning from the Central Intelligence Bureau” New Delhi: Kerala is the land of ‘sleeper cells’ of jihadis, according to the latest report filed by the Central Bureau of Intelligence to the Home Ministry. Weapons transported by container ships, counterfeit money, hawala money from the Gulf are all arriving in Kerala as the favored landing point before they are transmitted to jihadi groups in various parts of India, says the IB. The peculiar circumstances of the State, where it is difficult to conduct direct raids or encounters, are being taken advantage of by the jihadis. The main force behind the hawala activities in the State is Naresh Jain, an associate of Dawood Ibrahim, who was recently arrested in Delhi in connection with a Rs. 500 crore hawala scheme. He is based in Dubai. The IB points out that there are at least six cases in which it is clear that money and weapons reached jihadi groups via Kerala. Jihadis have also created networks in Lakshadweep. The authorities need to handle this issue with due concern. Young men are selected in Kerala, sent to Dubai, and then to Pakistan. After training, they are returned to India via Dubai or Nepal. They are then used to provide support to terrorist groups functioning in North India.

The Kerala Kaumudi, October 6th: by Vatayar Sunil: “Ready with love traps, the ‘Romeo Jihadis”.
Subtitle: “Intelligence Bureau gave a warning eight months ago”: “The Intelligence Bureau had given a warning eight months ago that a ‘Love Jihad’ group known as ‘Smart Friends’ (SF) was active among colleges and youth in the state with the intent of trapping girls in romantic entanglements for religious conversion. It is suspected

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that a number of Kerala girls who were thus trapped have ended up in the hands of terror groups. It was in December 2008 that the IB first got word of the love jihad from the Sambhaji Nagar police station in Maharashtra. It was subsequently discovered that it was most active in Kerala. State intelligence forces have been monitoring their activities for the last several months...” In many campuses in the State, as well as institutions where large numbers of young women work, such as in IT companies, branches of ‘Smart Friends’ have been formed under the guise of building up social networks. The message that by joining this group, ‘Romance at least one girl, destroy at least one life’, was widely propagated via SMS. Those cadres who are deputed to seduce girls and convert them go by the code-name ‘Romeo jihadis’. It is believed that some groups of women are also active in helping the romeos entrap girls from other religions. These female cadres are code-named ‘Love bombs’. By investigating records in the Panchayat Directorate, the State Special Branch has concluded that at least 500 girls have been trapped and converted in the last year. The majority of these are not in Kerala now. They have been transferred to religious institutions in Bangalore, Mangalore and Hyderabad; for a significant number of them, the families have no information about their whereabouts. The High Court order of September 29th indicates that the police have informed the court that the ‘Love Jihad’ groups are pretending romance and converting girls. The police have submitted an affidavit that there are a number of individuals and organizations that are helping in this operation, but the details have not been made public...

Sidebar: Romeo Jihad
Objective: Seduce girls from other religions and induce them to change religions Payoff: Daily payment of Rs. 200. Mobile phones, motorbike, high-end clothing Instructions: Get the girls involved romantically within two weeks of meeting them. If possible, find one more victim. Once the ‘romance’ is on, convert them within 6 months and marry them Postscript: The Special Branch of the police has discovered that roughly 500 girls have been converted through ‘Romeo jihad’

The Kerala Kaumudi, October 7th, by Vatayar Sunil: “‘Love jihad’ implicated in girls’ murders?”
“The Secret service in Kerala is now beginning to suspect that the ‘Love Jihad’ and its members are behind certain cases in Kerala where girls have been murdered when they rejected romantic advances. On April 20th, 19-year-old Anjusha, a student of Palakkad

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Chullimada V V College, was murdered by tipper-lorry driver Shajahan (24) from Kochi. The agencies are investigating whether the ‘love jihad’ is behind the puzzling suicides of higher-secondary students Anila, Julie, and Veni in Ambalappuzha... The ‘love jihad’ and its ‘Smart Friends’ group are operating under the guise of several other organizations. The suspects in the Ambalappuzha case were Students Federation of India (SFI) member, while the Pathanamthitta suspect was a member of the Muslim League student organization. The tactic adopted by terrorists of concealing their identities by joining other groups is being adopted by the ‘love jihadis’. There are active committees for ‘love jihad’ and ‘Smart Friends’ in every one of Kerala’s districts. Each committee is headed by a zonal chairman. Those ‘loverboys’ who entrap Hindu or Christian women and marry them receive a reward of up to Rs. 1 lakh. The injuction is that the first child should be born within the first year, and that there should be at least four children produced by the woman. Those who seduce girls from socially notable and upper-class families are given special incentives. Jihadi Romeos are most active in Malappuram, Kasargod, and Kannur districts. They are also active in Ernakulam and Pathanamthitta districts, according to central and state intelligence reports. Womens’ groups such as ‘Shaheen Force’, ‘Tasran Millet’, etc. are suspected of providing active assistance to the romeo jihadis. Even though 500 girls have been entrapped, there have only been five cases registered with the police. The fact that families, humiliated by the fact that their daughters ran away with a man from another religion, do not complain to the police, is helpful to the love-jihadis, and encourages them to expand their activities, according to the secret police.”

Sidebar: “What parents must know”:
1. Keep close tabs on your daughters’ mobile phones. If not absolutely necessary, do not give them mobile phones 2. If there is an internet-connected computer in the house, keep it in an area in the house (such as the living room) where everybody can see it. Ensure that you know your daughters’ email passwords 3. Visit their schools and colleges frequently, and enquire about your daughters 4. Keep tabs on all their friendships 5. If by any chance, anybody is missing, immediately complain to the police 6. If you have any indication of whom they may have fled with, file a habeas corpus petition in the High Court with those individuals and the police as respondents 7. Do not consider your daughters’ disappearance a shame. Think that she has been caught in a trap and deal with her sympathetically.

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The Kalakaumudi magazine, Oct 11th
There are three articles in this issue, for a total of almost 30 printed pages. Only the headlines and a few pertinent details are given below. 1. By Vinod Elakolloor: “The love-jihad that began in Pathanamthitta” Heading: “It was the shocking incident of the religious conversion of a Hindu girl and a Christian girl, students of Pathanamthitta’s St. John’s College, by a fellow-MBA student Shahansha, that awakened Kerala to the love-jihad” Sidebar: “Shahansha, the seduction genius” Sub-headings: “Fear of love” “What the girls said” “The girls’ deposition in court” “The Popular Front is behind this” 2. By Vatayar Sunil: “Five hundred girls trapped” Heading: “The Special Branch reports that 500 girls in the state have converted due to the love jihad” Sub-headings: “Destroying the honor of those of other religions” “Smart Friends or S F” “The tip of the iceberg” “Malappuram leads” “Just five cases registered” “The fact that parents do not seek the help of the courts – unlike in the case of the Pathanamthitta girls – has become very convenient for the love jihadis. In addition to the Pathanamthitta case, it is remarkable that only five other cases have been registered65 in Kerala: A young woman from Mangalore, a nursery-school teacher, married a Muslim man. She has not been heard from since.
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The disappearance of Kalamassery Atichira A J Joy’s wife Smita, Jiji (8), Justin (6), Jomon (3). Three young men from Malappuram who arrived in Ernakulam for their studies were neighbors of the Joy family. On September 10th, Smita left her marital home with her children saying that she was going to her parental home in Varappuzha. However they arrived at the Mounathul Islam Center in Ponnani. She went there because she had become interested in Islam, according to a phone call from Smita to her brother. When he reached Ponnani, he was not even allowed to see Smita in private, according to the habeus corpus petition filed by Joy in the High Court of Kerala. REC student was converted and nikah-ed by Malappuram native Jalaluddin. She was taken to a resort in Hasanagudi in Karnataka and sexually assaulted by several of his friends with his connivance. A computer student from Kasargod Mudaraputhoor was taken by Uppala native Sadiq to Ponnani, converted and nikah-ed. However, he took her to a yathim-khana (orphanage) and abandoned her there. She was gang-raped there. A young woman from Mukkam Kompara was converted and taken to Mangalore. She has not been heard from since.

The hundreds of other girls who have been converted are simply missing. Their parents have no idea how or where they are living. Because of the fear of dishonor they don’t even think of their girls. They may not even be aware of the possibility that their dear daughter may be a terrorist, a member of a suicide squad, or a prostitute anywhere between Mangalore and Kashmir…” Sidebar: “My son is innocent: Dr. Akbar Sha” 3. By P M Binukumar: “The ways in which the trap was set”66 Heading: “The startling details unearthed by the special squad formed under the Assistant Commissioner of Police, K S Gopakumar, of Trivandrum Cantonment station” Sub-headings “Shahansha’s SMS” “Going to his house” “Did Krishna and Christ exist?” “Studying for Shahansha” “Shabana’s arrival”
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“Police sources believe that the love jihad started in Mangalore. In addition to Kerala, the police have discovered that love-jihad is active in Karnataka, Andhra and Tamil Nadu… It was Mangalore native Latha who first gave details of the activities of the love jihad. Her family was subsisting on the small salary she made as a nursery-school teacher. When she asked for a raise, the school authorities refused. However, they promised her that they would consider it if she completed some special training. They did not give her the details of the training even though she enquired. When she finally attended the training, she found out that it was study-classes in extremist Islamic ideas. There were also attempts to convert Latha, a Hindu, to Islam. When she resisted, there were threats that she would be killed. In the meantime, a Muslim man began to romance her. When they decided things were not working in Mangalore, the love-jihadis sent Latha to Kozhikode along with the Romeo. When she called home from Kozhikode, Latha told her parents that she was safe. Subsequently, her father complained to the police, and that led them to rescue Latha from Kozhikode…” “One month’s course for religious conversion” “Boys are also converted” “A message as though it came from a Hindu organization” “100,000 rupees and a motorbike” “1,000 girls missing” “Into the administration of the university as well” “Organizations” “The unseen thread” Pull-outs: “Anna and Sneha tried to change the subject, but Shahansha continued to criticize Hinduism

and Christianity harshly. Since religion was not important to them, the girls ignored it” “As soon as they reached their room, the girls loaded the CD67 into their laptop. As the pictures came up, Anna covered her eyes” “He preferred ‘unnatural’ sexual acts. He pressed her for oral sex. Anna refused. He threatened her. Finally Anna submitted” “To help girls entrapped by the love-jihad, the Hindu Aikya Vedi and the Christian Association for Social Action have formed helplines” “When the SFI became weak on campus, nihilists such as the love-jihadis have begun attempts to turn campuses into the camps of anti-social elements” Sidebar: “The Popular Front claims that the Rama Sena is behind [the accusation that the love-jihad is conducted by the Popular Front]” Sidebar: “What parents should remember”

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Appendix III: Foreign news reports of ‘love-jihad’ (e.g. UK, Israel) The Mail, 22 February 2007 UK: Police protect girls forced to convert to Islam
Sir Ian Blair: Police and universities working together to tackle ‘aggressive conversions’ Extremist Muslims who force vulnerable teenage girls to convert to Islam are being targeted by police, Met chief Sir Ian Blair has revealed. Police are working with universities to clamp down on “aggressive conversions” during which girls are beaten up and forced to abandon university courses. The Hindu Forum of Britain claims hundreds of mostly Sikh and Hindu girls have been intimidated by Muslim men who take them out on dates before terrorising them until they convert. Sir Ian spoke about the problem at a conference organised by the forum. A Met spokesman said: “Neighbourhood officers work with university authorities in London and we would encourage anyone targeted in this way to seek help and support and where necessary use third party reporting facilities if they do not want to contact police directly.” Ramesh Kallidai, of the Hindu Forum of Britain, said: “Some girls are petrified because they are constantly being phoned up, having their door knocked. “One girl was beaten up on the street and others have been forced to leave university.” Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-437871/Police-protect-girls-forcedconvert-Islam.html#ixzz0TXZ2r73q

The Times, March 3, 2007, UK : Muslims accused of blackmail to make student girls convert by Nicola Woolcock, London UK
Radical Muslims are being accused of blackmailing young Hindu and Sikh women into changing religion in “groomed conversions” on campuses. The men aggressively target vulnerable university students by using the fear of being dishonoured to force them to convert, community leaders have told The Times. Many befriend their victims, and then threaten to tell their families that they are in a sexual relationship with a Muslim. Some teenagers are said to have been drugged and photographed in compromising positions. Many comply because they are so afraid of shaming their parents or being rejected by their communities. Police are aware of the problem. Sir Ian Blair, the Commissioner of the Metropolitan Police, recently attended a Hindu conference where the issue was raised. But police are powerless

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to act unless incidents are reported. This rarely happens because the stigma of a child converting to Islam often silences Sikh and Hindu parents. Community elders say that the practice is widespread but their estimates vary from 100 annual incidents nationwide to 120 in the past few months in the South East alone. Ranjeet Singh, of the British Organisation of Sikh Students, said: “There are cases of aggressive techniques, of drugging and of rape, of the man taking photos and blackmailing the girls into converting. “They know that by dishonouring the girls, they will make their families disown them. In the past few months there have been about 120 cases in Luton and the South East. It’s a problem that has been going on for a while, but a lot of people are reluctant to come forward and there’s not much being done. “It’s not the whole Muslim community, its extremist individuals. Some girls are very innocent and vulnerable when they go to university. Then they are befriended by these men. We know of some whose lives have been ruined.” Some of the young women have suffered physical violence. Others have said that the men claimed to have been paid to convert their victims. Ramesh Kallidai, secretary-general of the Hindu Forum of Britain, said: “The main problem is these girls feel very vulnerable and intimidated by these men. They talk about it to their friends, who tell us what is happening, but don’t want to speak to the police. Some families are completely broken apart by it. It becomes difficult to admit in public. “One girl was beaten up when she refused to convert. She is petrified. She only spoke to one other girl about it, who contacted us.” One Sikh organisation sets up telephone helplines and arranges visits to temples to raise awareness of the problem. Its leader, who wishes his identity and the group’s to remain anonymous, said: “This is very much taboo. These issues have been going on for many years and come to the boil at university. “I deal with many very serious cases. There are horrific examples of abuse and blackmail, with men saying they’re going to tell the girl’s parents. Then they’re pretty much trapped. We call it groomed conversions. Some of the girls go through with it because they feel they have no choice. “The men start a relationship with them, with the agenda of conversion down the line. Sometimes they take a picture of her in a compromising position. It’s so easy with camera phones. An 18-year-old girl ends up in a situation that she can’t control.” He said that the extremists were exploiting the Sikh community’s tendency to treat

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conversion as a grave dishonour, adding: “That’s a cultural mindset we need to tackle. It’s the worst thing you could face — worse than bankruptcy or losing your job.” A Metropolitan Police spokeswoman confirmed that officers had attended a Hindu security conference last month. She said: “We are aware of it as an issue that concerns the Hindu community but are not aware, without further research, of any specific incidents reported to police. We would encourage anyone who has been targeted in this way to seek help.”

The National, September 25, 2009, Abu Dhabi: Israeli drive to prevent Jewish girls dating Arabs by Jonathan Cook, Foreign Correspondent
NAZARETH: A local authority in Israel has announced that it is establishing a special team of youth counselors and psychologists whose job it will be to identify young Jewish women who are dating Arab men and “rescue” them. The move by the municipality of Petah Tikva, a city close to Tel Aviv, is the latest in a series of separate – and little discussed – initiatives from official bodies, rabbis, private organisations and groups of Israeli residents to try to prevent interracial dating and marriage. In a related development, the Israeli media reported this month that residents of Pisgat Zeev, a large Jewish settlement in the midst of Palestinian neighbourhoods in East Jerusalem, had formed a vigilante-style patrol to stop Arab men from mixing with local Jewish girls. Hostility to intimate relationships developing across Israel’s ethnic divide is shared by many Israeli Jews, who regard such behaviour as a threat to the state’s Jewishness. One of the few polls on the subject, in 2007, found that more than half of Israeli Jews believed intermarriage should be equated with “national treason”. Since the state’s founding in 1948, analysts have noted, a series of legal and administrative measures have been taken by Israel to limit the possibilities of close links developing between Jewish and Arab citizens, the latter comprising a fifth of the population. Largely segregated communities and separate education systems mean that there are few opportunities for young Arabs and Jews to become familiarised with each other. Even in the handful of “mixed cities”, Arab residents are usually confined to separate neighbourhoods. In addition, civil marriage is banned in Israel, meaning that in the small number of cases where Jews and Arabs want to wed, they can do so only by leaving the country for a ceremony abroad. The marriage is recognised on the couple’s return.

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Dr Yuval Yonay, a sociologist at Haifa University, said the number of interracial marriages was “too small to be studied”. “Separation between Jews and Arabs is so ingrained in Israeli society; it is surprising that anyone manages to escape these central controls.” The team in Petah Tikva, a Jewish city of 200,000 residents, was created in direct response to news that two Jewish girls, aged 17 and 19, were accompanying a group of young Arab men when they allegedly beat a Jewish man, Leonard Karp, to death last month on a Tel Aviv beach. The older girl was from Petah Tikva. The girls’ involvement with the Arab youths has revived general concern that a once-firm taboo against interracial dating is beginning to erode among some young people. In sentiments widely shared, Mr Hakak, a spokesman for Petah Tikva municipality, said “Russian girls”, young Jewish women whose parents arrived in Israel over the past two decades, since the former Soviet Union collapsed, were particularly vulnerable to the attention of Arab men. Dr Yonay said Russian women were less closed to the idea of relationships with Arab men because they “did not undergo the religious and Zionist education” to which more established Israeli Jews were subject. Mr Hakak said the municipality had created a hotline that parents and friends of the Jewish women could use to inform on them. “We can’t tell the girls what to do but we can send a psychologist to their home to offer them and their parents advice,” he said. Motti Zaft, the deputy mayor, told the Ynet website that the municipality was also cracking down on city homeowners who illegally subdivide apartments to rent them cheaply to single Arab men looking for work in the Tel Aviv area. He estimated that several hundred Arab men had moved into the city as a result. Petah Tikva’s hostility to Arab men mixing with local Jewish women is shared by other communities. In Pisgat Zeev, a settlement of 40,000 Jews, some 35 Jewish men are reported to belong to a patrol known as “Fire for Judaism” that tries to stop interracial dating. Unusually for a settlement, Pisgat Zeev has attracted a tiny but growing population of Arab families, both from East Jerusalem and from inside Israel. Because Pisgat Zeev sits within Jerusalem’s municipal borders, Arabs with Israeli residency rights can live there as long as Jewish settlers are willing to rent to them. One member, who identified himself as Moshe to the Jerusalem Post newspaper,

said: “Our goal is to be in contact with these girls and try to explain to them the dangers of what they’re getting themselves into. In the last 10 years, 60 girls from Pisgat Zeev have gone into [Palestinian] villages [in the West Bank]. And most of them aren’t heard from after that.” He denied that violence or threats were used against Arab men. Last year, the municipality of Kiryat Gat, a town of 50,000 Jews in southern Israel, launched a programme in schools to warn Jewish girls of the dangers of dating local Bedouin men. The girls were shown a video titled Sleeping with the Enemy, which describes mixed couples as an “unnatural phenomenon”. Haim Shalom, head of the municipality’s welfare department, is filmed saying: “The girls, in their innocence, go with the exploitative Arab.” In 2004, posters sprang up all over the northern town of Safed warning Jewish women that dating Arab men would lead to “beatings, hard drugs, prostitution and crime”. Safed’s chief rabbi, Shmuel Eliyahu, told a local newspaper that the “seducing” of Jewish girls was “another form of war” by Arab men. Both Kiryat Gat and Safed’s campaigns were supported by a religious organisation called Yad L’achim, which runs an anti-assimilation team publicly dedicated to “saving” Jewish women. According to its website, the organisation receives more than 100 calls a month about Jewish women living with Arab men, both in Israel and the West Bank. It launches “military-like rescues [of the women] from hostile Arab villages” in coordination with the police and army. “The Jewish soul is a precious, all-too-rare resource, and we are not prepared to give up on even a single one,” says the website.

Source : http://sarabhapanjab.blogspot.com/2007_01_01_archive.html Monday, 1 January 2007

South Asia News Agency SANA, 03 October 2006 : Indian Girls tricked into prostitution
Lahore Pakistan - Gullible young girls from as far as the Middle East, India and UK are being forced into prostitution after being lured by organised syndicates promising them glamorous careers and lucrative jobs, a humans rights group has said. “Some are the girlfriends of these men, such as the cases we have had from the UK. These girls think they are going on holiday or honeymoon to visit his friends and family” “The situation is extremely serious with smart operators hunting for good looking young girls for modelling assignments or jobs in call centres with good salaries,” said Hasina Kharbih, chairperson of Impulse NGO Network, a rights group working in rescuing women trafficked. “But in reality, many of these women were pushed into the notorious world of prostitution.” Impulse activists recently rescued at least four young girls from Lahores ‘Heera Mandi’ district. “The girls were Hindus from Northeast India and were lured by agents who promised them good modelling roles and handsomely paid jobs in call centres,” Kharbih says. “We were told by these rescued girls that there were more women from the northeast in the flesh trade racket who were trapped with such baits.” A new craze for careers in modelling among teenagers in India’, spurred by television and newspaper advertisements, is being cited as reasons for traffickers wooing unsuspecting Indian girls into their net.

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The Story of a British Panjabi girl who was tricked into prostitution
My story started when I was 16 years old living in Handsworth, we had just finished our last GCSE exams. To celebrate, we all decided to go to a bhangra gig during the day, as we knew we would not have been allowed to go at the night. There were 4 of us, best of friends, we decided to go, although we knew we would get into trouble if our parents found out, but we thought that we “only live once” and as it was a special occasion, so we went. This was the first time any one of us had done something like this, it was an experience. When we got there we could not believe how many people our age were there from all over Birmingham, all Asian! I was shocked more than my friends, there were people drunk, boys/girls smoking, this was the new generation of Asians enjoying the western world freedoms. I remember saying to my friends, “We need to stick together, no matter what happens”, and we honestly did not know what was going to happen once we were inside. Once we got in, they were playing some old bhangra tunes. The whole place was packed with “apnaay”. Everyone was just so chilled out, it was unbelievable. We got to a side of the club, and just stood there staring at every one dancing and flirting. About an hour later, we were approached by this really nice looking guy, came over to my mate and started chatting, we then noticed the “Kara” on his arm so we assumed it was ok to chat to him, his name was “Mick”. We were then introduced to his mates; all of them were really smart and good looking. And we were enjoying this mingling with boys for the first time, we felt both scared and excited, because we had never done this before. They brought us drinks, and encouraged us to have some alcohol, something we all strongly at that time refused, but once we paired up and went our separate ways everything changed (I never saw my friends again until a couple hours later, dancing with some strangers, and they were not themselves. I could not believe it, they were drunk! We justified dancing the way we were as we always danced at wedding parties.) I went over to them to see what had happened; they totally ignored me and encouraged me to drink which I then did. My dad would drink a lot so I assumed it would be ok). We left the club at the end, it was about 4 o’ clock, and I remember thinking how the hell are we going to get home? We were giggling, and we were late and drunk. I knew my gran would, phone my mum at work if I did not get home in the next 20mins, (I was normally home about 3:50pm, and it was already ten past four, I was in the middle of Birmingham City centre, 40mins away from home by bus!! I was so scared, I knew I was going to get into serious trouble once I got home, and I smelt strongly of smoke and alcohol. My dad was going to kill me. We did not know what to do? Then the guys, who we were dancing in the club, came over and asked us if we were alright? Or if we needed anything? i.e. a lift home, because we were so desperate, we said yes.

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They dropped us home, we exchanged numbers and they went. I got slapped that day, my dad went absolutely mad, because I had lied, went to a club, danced with boys and got drunk! The whole family was really upset. I remember thinking I will never do anything like this again. My friends got the same treatment. It was not until a couple of weeks later, that some one kept ringing my house number, anonymous caller, and my gran, bless her, would go over to answer the phone, but no reply. Then one day, as my gran was cooking my roti, the phone rang and I answered, it was that guy from the club. I didn’t know what to do. I was scared and yet anxious to know what might happen. He wanted us to meet up again; he wanted to know how we were? This was going to be my first relationship. I got to know “Abs” over the next couple of months, we would arrange, the best times for him to call me, it was exciting, no one knew about him, I felt needed and loved. He was 18 at the time, and I had just turned 16. He drove a really nice car and worked for his uncle, in I.T. It got to a stage were we would meet up in the middle of the night, I would sneak out of my house, he would pick me up at the bottom of my street, and we would go everywhere together. I was loving every minute of it and every time we would not see each other, I felt like dying, I was truly in love with him. I did notice that he was not Punjabi, he dressed different to normal Punjabi boys that age, and he didn’t drink and smoke. He knew a lot of Muslims, but I decide to ignore that fact, as I was having the time of my life. I had a funny feeling he was Muslim, but he wore a Kara? I never had the courage to ask him, because I didn’t want to ruin anything between us. But finally that day came when he revealed that he must go to the mosque, I was taken back, I didn’t know how to respond, my boyfriend was a Muslim, and I loved him too much to let him go. I asked him about his name, his nickname was Abs. he had told me his name was Harbinder, but in fact his name was Yasseen. This was a distressing situation, he had lied to me and led me on to believe he was Sikh, but was in fact a Muslim. I confronted him, I asked him, you knew I was a Sikh, then why did you get into this relationship with me? He answered my question with a question, does it matter? And I remember replying “No” after a few minutes, I thought to myself he’s not your typical Muslim, and he has treated me with respect. It was a hard time, I felt like breaking up with him, he was a Muslim, it wouldn’t work? But I could not help it, he loved me, I loved him, and I kept reminding myself, he was different, and all those good times we had during the start of our relationship. So we decided to give it a shot, (what a fool I was), we would spend a lot of time together, he got me a job at his uncle’s firm, they all treated me with respect although I was a Sikh, and all of them were Muslim, they were so nice to me. I felt wanted and at home with me boyfriends family.

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We saw each other for over 2 years (all through college) and then came the time for me to leave my home and go to university, I went out of town a good few hours away, I wanted to live as far as away from my family as possible, as they were the obstacle, in my life from him. I had stopped wearing my Kara and my gold khanda necklace. I also stopped going to the Gurdwara, because I did not want to offend him, and I would use that time instead to be with him. I loved him and would do anything for him, anything. At university things got a bit serious, I lived in halls first, but everyone would look at me and call me names to my face and behind my back, they even trashed my flat twice!! All because I was going out with a Muslim, I would try to explain to them, he was different and he loved me, they would not have none of it, I felt so bad, he had to go through a lot because of me. This was a really bad experience for me, and I felt vulnerable and weak. Things started to change a lot during the first few weeks at my university. I quit uni, and moved into a flat with him, he got me another job, and again his cousin helped us financially. I never told my parents that I had done this, they would phone me, I would say everything was going excellent, and I would lie to them. During this time, I stopped going home, I would say that I had too much uni work to do, and so I couldn’t come home. Then, I stopped answering my phone from my family and friends, because I knew all they would say is to stop seeing him, and come home etc. So I changed my number, that’s not the only thing I changed, a few months later I changed my name! We were happy together, we were in love, we were made for each other!! A few months later I even changed my faith, I became a Muslim, I was happy then to finally be apart of something that was so great, everyone loved me, and I was finally at home and peace. Islam then offered everything to me, it made sense and was the truth, Sikhism had too many flaws in it, or that is what I was told, and I believed everything he said, it all made sense, Sikhism was a man-made religion, it believed in caste (we had Gurdwara made on caste) we would make our women dance half naked on bhangra video’s, while Islam would teach us to cover the women because she is so precious, like a diamond. I was duped, I knew nothing about Sikhism, my parents never told me, and I never learnt anything at the Gurdwara, never understood what the Granthi’s were saying. And as a result I believed everything he told me. We then decided to get married, but he said we should go to Pakistan to do that, because his sisters were there, and they were all dying to meet me! So I agreed, we went. The year was 1994, I was 19 years old. What I am about to tell you now, is the most disturbing part of my life; I have had to receive medical treatment from Doctor’s on a regular basis for a long period, due to this. I would like to say something before I continue, what I am about to tell you, is no exaggeration in any way, this is exactly how it happened, and the metropolitan police are well aware of it.

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Whilst I was on the flight over to Pakistan, I was so excited, I was finally going to get married to the love of my Life, I never thought about my family or friends, as I had everything I ever needed through him. And because I was taught to believe that they were the devil, they will take me to hell, and I did not want to go there. When we reached Pakistan, there were a few people there to greet us; I had worn the hi-jab, as a sign of respect to my new in-laws and faith. They were so happy to see me. We were then herded into a 4x4, and then off we went to meet the rest of Yasseen’s family. We were driving for a few hours, and I was absolutely worn out. We then stopped at what seemed to be a police station or the local sheriff’s office, the luggage was taken out of the jeep, and these men came and took the luggage away, Yasseen came over and took my personal belongings, everything, my passport, money even my toothbrush, he said the police wanted to check our things, in case we were smuggling drugs, I remember laughing at first, but when I looked at his face, he was deadly serious, I gave him everything and then I was taken to a room, where I was told to wait. They asked Yasseen questions. It seemed like ages, while I waited in that room, on my own. I was getting very worried for Yasseen. During this time, two more cars and a jeep had come to this police station. Finally, a middle aged man came over and started to ask me personal questions. I had trouble understanding what he was saying; he spoke so fast, in Urdu. I kept asking him to take me to Yasseen. He said “Yasseen has gone”, those three words stopped my heart beating, and I was alone in a remote village in Pakistan, with no belongings and locked up a room. I did not know what to think? What was happening? This was not supposed to happen? Where had Yasseen gone? I cried, and pleaded with the men there to take me to Lahore; they would simply laugh at me and beat me. For a few days, I did not eat or sleep, I was disorientated, and I did not know what to do? I became ill, I was very weak, a doctor was called, he gave me some medicine, with which all I did was sleep. The next thing I remember was, when I woke up in a room, with a small barred window, and a small door. This door was locked from the outside, I started to scream, a woman came rushing over. I was relieved for a moment that women had come over to my aid, until she started to shout at me and curse me. I didn’t know what was going on. I just sat there in that small, cold room, with a blank mind. By now I had realized, I was not going home and Yasseen was not coming to my rescue. The building I stayed at was 3 storeys, and was very big. It must have had more than 30 rooms. It was the only building there, there was nothing anywhere around this building, just fields and 1 tarmac road. It was a brothel. I was not alone there were 3 other girls (Sikh) that were in the same situation as me. We were all kept on the top floor, we were all given one room each. The other girls had been there longer than me; we would get a chance to speak during the night. They told me of

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their stories and how they got here, they sounded familiar. It would be very cold during the night. They told me, on the 3rd day, what happens here. This where, the locals came to enjoy themselves. I was very frightened. This is where they would come to quench their desires. I remember how they treated us, they would treat us like animals, they would rape us, and then spit on our faces after they were done. It was a living nightmare, with no escape. I spent 15 months here, over that period of time, I have seen 36 more girls been brought here. I have seen some commit suicide and some taken away by rich businessmen who would use them in their own brothels. I saw and lived in HELL, I saw young girls being raped, I heard the screams of these girls and their frustration, that no one would help them. I saw this with my own eyes, and no-one ever helped us. A time came when me and another girl, got the opportunity to escape, we had been taken to a local tribesman’s house, a fight had broken out, in his house, the confusion gave us an opportunity to escape, we took a jeep, and set out on the roads, we didn’t know where we were going, we just went, where ever the road took us. We got close to a town called Eminabad, here we informed the police of what had happened to us, they helped us, we were handed over to the British embassy and sent back to the UK. Once back in the UK, the police tried to hand us back to our families, OUR OWN families had disowned us, my family told me to go away, that I had brought shame to the family name, I tried to apologise, and they would not accept it. I even tried to get help from the Gurdwara, they said they could not help us. We had to go back to the police, who then put us in a witness protection programme. The year is 1996, I was then 21. We both were given a new chance to start a fresh; the police helped us a great deal. In the programme we were given a place to stay and they gave us new jobs, to rebuild our lives. I am now 29, married and have a 3 year old girl. I re-initiated into Sikhism in 1998, me and my friend, we took Amrit and took an active role to combat what had happened to us and help others in the same situation. There is not a single second that goes by, without me thinking about those poor girls locked up in Pakistan. I have been scared for life. But I must do everything I can to try to create awareness to help those girls that scream every night and go through that abuse. I am thankful to the Police who are trying to help those girls, but I think we as a community need to do much more. We must come out of hiding, and face the danger these girls now face. But what we find is a really negative attitude employed by all parties, the families, Gurdwara and the girls, to do anything about this. I know what happened to me and what is still happening to those that are in Pakistan.

Accordingly to the latest figures, there are 300 girls there right now, facing constant abuse, who are getting drugged up everyday and then raped. One of them is your relative!! Just keep that I mind, your cousin who you have not seen for over 3 years, went to university and never came back! When you ask your uncle and auntie, where is your cousin who you nor your family have seen for so long, you get the reply, that she has brought a house there and she has found herself a good job, and so she is constantly busy. I beg you please stop these lies, please help my sisters’ in Pakistan, who no-one helps, their families are too scared, or they don’t know where she is. We must put a stop to this, I saw what is happening there, believe me, I do not even wish this to happen my enemies, when you see a young girl being raped by savages, who beat her and then spit on her. Those girls need your help!

Frontpagemag.com October 16, 2009 : The “Love Jihad”
by Stephen Brown
To the “hard jihad” of Muslim terrorism and the non-violent, “stealth jihad” challenging Western societies, the oxymoron “love jihad” can now be added. But this latest form of Islamist aggression has nothing to do with love but rather, like its soulmates, with hatred for the infidel and women. The love jihad’s modus operandi involves a heartless strategy of luring vulnerable girls and young women to convert to Islam by feigned love and promises of marriage. But instead of marital bliss, the girls unwittingly trapped in its deceitful web usually wind up in the hands of Muslim fundamentalist organizations. The south-western state of Kerala in India [1] is the latest place where this perverse practice has raised its ugly head. Authorities in this state of 32 million are holding in jail two young Muslim men who stand accused of “luring” two non-Muslim university students with promises of marriage “for the purpose of conversion.” In court, both students testified the two men “trapped” them and forced them into converting. One told the court she fell in love with one of the men, a senior student at her college, and eloped with him. But instead of the expected marriage, she and the other woman were taken to a Muslim center where they were subjected to Islamic extremist propaganda. The case has created such concern that Kerala’s High Court ordered the police to investigate the organization responsible for the conversions, the Campus Front, which serves as the student wing of the Muslim fundamentalist organization, the Popular Front of India. It is believed more than 4,000 Hindu and Christian young women in Kerela have converted to Islam in the last six months. The Times of India [2] reports that Kerala’s Hindu and Christian religious authorities are so alarmed at this development that they are cooperating to “combat the ‘social evil’ which. . .is hitting their respective communities hard.” It is suspected that college girls and working women are especially targeted. “It’s shocking but it is happening. Many Christian families are getting affected,” said a member of the Kerala Catholic Bishops Council. One report states the “jihad Romeos” in Kerela are given cell phones, bikes and fashionable clothes to accomplish their sinister mission. They have two weeks to find a girl of another religion and six months to convert her to Islam. If the girl shows no interest within two weeks, they are to leave her and find another. For every conversion, the men also receive a monetary reward. The money for the “love jihad” in Kerala is reported to come from “foreign sources.”

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If a recruiter does marry his convert, he is encouraged to have four children with her. Some believe this capability to bear offspring is the reason why young women are targeted. With conversion, their reproductive powers are taken away from a competing religion and increase instead the Muslim extremist demographic. But while the term love jihad may be new, the tactic is already a known one. In the 1990s, Sikhs in England believed young women in their community were being targeted for conversion. Young Muslim men looking for prey were even thought to have attended parties for young Sikhs, while pretending to be Sikhs themselves. Sometimes, however, the Jihadi Romeos in England used a more brutal approach. A story in the Daily Mail [3] two years ago stated that police were targeting such Muslim extremists and working with universities against “aggressive conversions.” These involved Hindu and Sikh girls being beaten up and terrorized by the Muslim men they were dating until they converted. The Hindu Forum of Britain, the story says, claimed hundreds of Sikh and Hindu girls were victims of such vicious intimidation. Some even had to leave their university to escape their tormentors. “Some girls are petrified because they are constantly being phoned up, having their door knocked on,” a Hindu Forum member said at the time. But the best evidence that this form of jihad has been in operation for some time comes from a former Muslim extremist, who converted to Christianity. In the book, Why We Left Islam, a compilation of testimonies by former Muslims who left their faith, the unidentified apostate gives a powerful account of his days as a jihad Romeo in Egypt who targeted Coptic Christian girls. Like in Kerala, the former Muslim testifies that money was paid for conversions and that it came from outside the country. And the higher the educational and social status of the victim’s family, the more money the Jihadi Romeo received. Unlike in India though, the recruiters would parade the converted girl through the streets, playing music and waving flags, while yelling “Allah Akbar.” The goal, he said, was to humiliate the Christians, especially the men, and dishonor their families in a country where the women are the family’s honor. But such parades were banned in 1985. All kinds of tricks, he writes, were used to convert the girls. From outright expressions of love and attending their churches to trapping them in moral scandals, everything was fair game. In this, the extremists were often helped by young Muslim women who identified likely targets, encouraged the Christian girl in the “relationship,” and would even help set up the morally compromising situations. While ruining the lives of others, the former Muslim states he thought he was serving his religion, since Muslims “were in a perpetual war with

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the ‘filthy infidels’.” He lived for three years with one woman he had converted, tormenting her mercilessly, while converting seven other Christian women during that time. In essence, the love jihad is a form of demographic aggression. Like the “stealth jihad”, which employs political activism to achieve Islamist aims in Western societies, it employs deception and is viewed as a useful tactic in bringing about Islamic world domination. That, however, is of little solace to the many precious young women whose lives it has destroyed. Article printed from FrontPage Magazine: http://frontpagemag.com URL to article: http://frontpagemag.com/2009/10/16/the-%e2%80%9clovejihad%e2%80%9d-by-steven-brown/ URLs in this post: [1] Kerela in India: http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/newstopics/religion/6316966/ Handsome-Muslim-men-accused-of-waging-love-jihad-in-India.html [2] Times of India: http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/india/Love-Jihad-racket-VHPChristian-groups-find-common-cause/articleshow/5117548.cms [3] Daily Mail: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-437871/Police-protect-girls-forcedconvert-Islam.html [3] Daily Mail: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-437871/Police-protect-girls-forcedconvert-Islam.html [4] Image: http://www.addtoany.com share_save?linkurl=http%3A%2F%2Ffrontpagemag.com%2 F2009%2F10%2F16%2Fthe-%25e2%2580%259clove-jihad%25e2%2580%259d-bysteven-brown%2F& linkname=The%20%E2%80%9CLove%20Jihad%E2%80%9D% 20%26%238211%3B%20by%20Stephen%20Brown

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