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Jammu & Kashmir HC orders protection for converted woman whose relatives allegedly issued threats against her for embracing Islam

The High Court on Monday directed that appropriate protection be extended to a woman who approached the Court after she allegedly faced threats from her family on account of her converting to Islam from Hinduism.

Mohsin Dar

The Jammu and Kashmir High Court on Monday allowed a the plea by a woman seeking police protection from family members who allegedly threatened her with death on account of her undergoing religious conversion and embracing Islam (Fatima v. Union Territory of Jammu and Kashmir).

A Single Bench of Justice Ali Mohammad Magrey admitted her petition and directed the service of notice upon her relatives, the Government of Jammu and Kashmir, as well as concerned Police Officials, before adjourning the matter to August 24.

"Meanwhile, the respondents 1 to 6 shall ensure protection to the life and liberty of the petitioner in accordance with law."
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In her plea , the woman stated that she had embraced Islam of her own volition on June 14, 2020, adopting a Muslim name, Fatima.

As soon as the news of her 'conversion' came to be knowledge of the woman's family, they are stated to have threatened her with violence, even to the extent of death in order to get her to reconvert to Hinduisim, she submitted before the Court.

Despite an application moved for police protection to the Kishtwar Police Station on June 20, nothing substantial came out of it, the woman averred.

Advocate Zulker Nain Sheikh is appearing for Fatima in her plea, while Senior Additional Advocate-General SS Nanda will be representing the Union Territory of Jammu and Kashmir.

Read the Court's Order here:

Fatima v. Union Territory of Jammu and Kashmir - July 20 order.pdf
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