Love Jihad : Minor Girl Rescued from Mangalorean Boy

via published on April 9, 2010

Mysore, Apr 7 (DHNS): Even as the Criminal Investigation Department (CID) is busy with the its investigation of ‘Love Jihad’ cases in the State, one such case has surfaced in Mysore district.

K R Nagar police, who were probing into the kidnap of a minor girl from Bherya, have confirmed that the boy had forcibly converted her into Islam.

Sharing the information with the media, Superintendent of Police Ramasubba on Tuesday said the 16-year girl had been kidnapped by Azeem Hafeez (22), son of M Idinabba of Ullal in Mangalore . Hafeez had been working in a medical store in K R Nagar and was living at his relative’s house in that town. He had befriended the girl with the help of his relative.

After kidnapping the girl, he had forcibly converted her into Islam, before marrying her in Chikmagalur. Also, he had changed her name as ‘Mehek Taj’ besides changing her age to 18 years, according to the affidavit sworn-in before a notary at that place. He had disposed off the jewellery the girl was wearing to meet the expenditure.

The SP said records available with police suggested that Hafeez was connected with a theft at Ullal.

Interrogation revealed that Hafeez intended to dump his minor wife. However, his plans went awry, when cops led by DySP (rural) C D Jagadeesh swooped on him at his Subhash Nagar residence.

Acting on the clues given by Hafeez, police arrested Siddiqui and Hassan Kaka for abetment in the crime. Four others, including Hafeez’s parents, Zareen Taj  and Rafeeq are at large. DG and IG Dr Ajai Kumar Singh is appraised of the findings, the SP added.

Love Jihad: girl rescued

MYSORE: Weeks after a Muslim youth was nabbed for allegedly kidnapping and marrying a minor girl, the district police have labelled it as a case of Love Jihad.

The police said that Pooja, 17, I PU student from K R Nagar, Mysore district, was rescued 10 days after she was kidnapped by Azeem Afeez, 22. She is now with her parents.

She told the police that Azeem forcefully converted to Islam before marrying her. She was also rechristened as Meheq Taj. Afeez’s parents Hasan Idinabba and Raziya, his relative Rafiq and Pooja’s classmate Sherin Taj are absconding.

According to sources, the police are planning to book a lawyer who helped Azeem in legal matters. Azeem fled from his home town Ullala, Dakshina Kannada after he was booked in a robbery case. He took shelter at the residence of his relative Rafiq in K R Nagar. Later with help of Sherin Taj, he trapped Puja into love in January.

Three days after she went missing on March 1, Puja’s brother Pavan Kumar told the police that the last time he had seen her, she was with Azeem. Following this, the police began tracking Azeem. He took her to various places in Karnataka and Kerala before reaching Ullala. According to police, Azeem also sold Puja’s gold jewelleries to bear his travel and lodging costs. Police are on the look out for his friends Siddiq of K R Nagar and Hassan Kaka of Chikmagalur.

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