Shakeel kidnaps Hindu girl; Forcibly converts, marries her

Upon receiving the family's complaint, the police registered a case under section 366 and launched a search. They eventually recovered both the victim and the accused in Mumbai.

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New Delhi: A disturbing case of alleged kidnapping, forced religious conversion, and marriage has come to light in Banda, Uttar Pradesh. The family of a Hindu girl claims she was kidnapped by a Muslim youth, Shakeel Ahmed, on May 20, the day of voting. They allege he drugged her, took her to Mumbai, and forced her to convert to Islam and marry him. Her name was even changed to Iqra.

Upon receiving the family's complaint, the police registered a case under section 366 and launched a search. They eventually recovered both the victim and the accused in Mumbai.

The girl's statement was recorded in court, and the accused was arrested. Further legal action has been initiated under sections 376 (rape) and religious conversion of the Indian Penal Code.

Meanwhile, Vishwa Hindu Parishad (VHP) reached out to the victim's family, expressing concern and alleging potential "love jihad" funding. They demanded a thorough investigation and legal action against the accused.

Details of the incident

The family reported that the kidnapping occurred on May 20, the day of voting, in the Girwan police station area. The accused, Shakeel Ahmed, allegedly drugged the girl and took her away from her home.

The victim recounted being drugged and losing consciousness. When she woke up, she found herself on a train and was threatened with violence if she tried to escape. She claims she was then taken to Mumbai, kept at the accused's associate's house, and forcibly converted to Islam at a mosque.

The accused allegedly changed her name to Iqra and forced her into marriage and sexual assault.

Victim's mental state and ongoing investigation

The victim's family reported that she is in a fragile mental state. Additionally, social media posts by the accused, including a Nikahnama (marriage certificate), have surfaced, raising further concerns.

VHP President Chandra Mohan Bedi visited the village and demanded action from the authorities, alleging potential "love jihad" funding behind the incident. He urged a thorough investigation to expose the entire network.

The Girwan police station officer confirmed registering a case under section 366 and recovering both individuals. The girl's statement was recorded, and the accused has been arrested. The police have assured a strong legal response to this case.