The woman accused that she had been plotted by her husband, Mohamed Riyaz, who hatched the conspiracy to sell her wife to the Islamic State (IS).
With allegations of forced religious conversion and human trafficking of a 24-year-old woman, two people were arrested by the Kerala police on Wednesday from North Paravur near Kochi. Reportedly, the accused had plans to take the victim to Syria and sell her as a ‘sex slave’ to the radical Islamists.
According to AV George, the Superintendent of Police of Ernakulam (rural), the two arrested accused, identified as Fawaz Jamal and Mohamed Siyad have been charged under various sections of the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act and Indian Penal Code.
The woman alleged that her husband, Mohamed Riyaz, was behind the plot. Reportedly, 26-year-old Riyaz – a native of North Kerala – hatched the conspiracy to sell her wife to the Islamic State (IS) militants in Syria.
As per official figures, more than 100 people from Kerala – including women and children – had allegedly joined the ‘jihad’ waged by the Islamic state radicals, operative in Syria, Afghanistan and Iraq.
In the complaint made before the Kerala police, the woman mentioned that the two arrested accused tortured her at a religious centre in Paravur, where her husband took her to forcibly convert her to Islam.
The police registered a complaint against the husband and the other two accused after the woman complained before a court. The husband of the victim is still at large. Reportedly, the police tried contacting the Interpol to trace and deport Riyaz, who is believed to be in Jeddah.
SP AV George said, “We are examining whether the arrested have some connection with the Islamic State.
According to the woman, she was locked in a room in Saudi Arabia, but she however managed to access her mobile phone and contacted her parents, following which a group of NRIs rescued her and flew her back to India.
The complainant, hailing from Pathanamthitta of Central Kerala, was brought up in Gujarat and met her husband Riyaz during her stay in Bengaluru. She claimed that after her marriage she was forcibly admitted in a madrasa in North Paravur and was forced to learn the tenet of Islam. Furthermore, she alleged that her husband used to take videos of their intimate moments and later blackmail her.