Thursday, December 17, 2009

Special prosecutor appointed in first anti-conversion case - The Times of India

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    • SURAT
    • In the first ever case registered under Freedom of Religion Act, 2003 in Gujarat, Nayan Sukhadwala, district government pleader (DGP) of Surat, has been appointed its special prosecutor almost 10 months after the complaint was lodged.
    • In an application to the city police commissioner on February 21, 2009 it was alleged that Junaid Mahommad Shaikh, a resident of Kathor main road, had converted a Hindu girl Shradhha Joshi to Islam.

      Subsequently, a complaint was lodged at Khatodara police station. Junaid had married Shradhha on January 24, 2009 and was helped in this by Junaid Iqbal Patel and a priest Maulvi Yakum Suleman Mulla. Shradhha was named Zoya after her marriage, the complaint stated.
    • Shaikh had come to the police with Shradhha soon after the complaint was made against him. Shradhha told the police that she did not wish to stay either with her family or with Shaikh. She was sent to shelter home for women and the legal process against the accused was initiated.

      Police investigation revealed that Shradhha used to work at a share broking firm on Udhna-Magdalla Road where Shaikh too was employed.

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