1. Who’s the Reluctant Victim?
That would be Akhila Ashokan, a 24-year-old woman who converted to Islam in 2012 while pursuing her Bachelor’s degree in Homeopathic Medicine and Surgery in Salem, Kerala.
The religious conversion was facilitated by the Therbiyat Islam Sabha, a mosque in Calicut. “She was allegedly influenced by Sainaba, president of the women’s wing of the Popular Front of India, which helped legalise her conversion,” reports the Hindustan Times.
Her ex-serviceman father, Ashokan Mani, filed a complaint alleging she had been illegally confined and forcefully converted to Islam. In an affidavit to the police, however, Akhila reportedly said she had been a practicing Muslim since 2012 and willingly left her home.
Two years later, in December 2016, she married Shafin Jahan (27), who she met through a Muslims-only matrimonial website.