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HC dissatisfied with DGP's report on 'Love Jihad'; K'taka orders probe

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Last updated on: October 26, 2009 18:12 IST
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The Kerala High Court on Monday expressed dissatisfaction over the state director general of police's report on 'Love Jihad', where girls from other religious background are allegedly lured to marriage and converted to Islam, even as the Karnataka government ordered a CID probe into such incidents.

The court directed DGP Jacob Punnose to produce reports by November 11 in a sealed cover on the basis of which he had prepared the report.

In Bengaluru, a high-level meeting of police officials chaired by state home minister V S Acharya decided that DGP, CID would collect more information on Love Jihad, including from Kerala and submit a report within a fortnight.

Acharya said the CID probe would focus on whether girls were being lured for conversion and any organisation was promoting and funding it and find out who was behind it.

The Karnataka High Court had directed the state and Kerala police to conduct a joint probe and submit a report to it before November 13. Prior to this, Kerala High Court had directed the state to provide information on Love Jihad.

At Kochi today, Justice K T Sankaran observed that some answers furnished in the DGP's report were 'vague' and it also appeared that statements in different paragraphs did not 'reconcile' with each other.

The DGP, in a statement on October 22, told the court that there were reasons to suspect 'concentrated attempts' to persuade non-Muslim girls to convert to Islam after they fall in love with Muslim boys, but that no organisation called 'Love Jihad' had been identified so far in the state.

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