India probing interfaith marriages over ‘terror threats’

New Delhi

Indian security officials have started interrogating interfaith couples, involving Muslims, with the declared aim of identifying potential sympathizers with the Daesh terrorist group.
Indian prosecutors said the country’s Supreme Court was scheduled on Monday to hear a case according to which Daesh advocates allegedly exploited marriages with Hindu women to win recruits for the Takfiri outfit in the Middle East.
Reports said India’s National Investigation Agency (NIA) had selected dozens of interfaith couples in the southern state of Kerala over the past 28 months to question them about their exogamous marriages. But there are indications that the campaign, reportedly influenced by the ideas of hard-line Hindu group Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS), may be a deliberate attempt at targeting Muslims. The Hindu women who married Muslim men said they had been asked “extremely personal” questions during the interrogations, according to two police officers from the NIA.
Two NIA sources, speaking on condition of anonymity, said after the investigation of 89 interfaith marriage cases was over that only nine had been found to have links with individuals affiliated with Daesh.—Agencies

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