Kerala's mystery

Did Zakir Naik inspire Kerala's missing youths?

ZAKIR NAIK Radical Islam preacher Zakir Naik
  • “After she had gone missing, one of her friends told me that she used to watch Naik's videos and that she was turning more and more religious—Bindu Kumar, Nimisha's mother

At least one woman among the 20-odd youths, who are suspected to have left Kerala to join the Islamic State, could have been inspired by radical Islam preacher Zakir Naik.

Bindu Kumar, the mother of Nimisha, who went missing from Palakkad along with her husband Eza alias Bexin Vincent, told television channels that she used to listen to videos of Naik's speeches.

“After she had gone missing, one of her friends told me that she used to watch Naik's videos and that she was turning more and more religious.”

Born a Hindu, Nimisha converted to Islam after she got married to 30-year-old Christian convert Eza, while studying at a dental college in Kasaragod. Her brother is an army officer and is now with the National Security Guard on deputation. Her father runs a restaurant in Thiruvananthapuram city.

“My children were religious and patriotic. My son wanted to be a military officer and daughter chose the medical profession. We were happy when both got the careers of their choice,” Bindu was quoted as saying on a website.

Bindu said Nimisha used to share all her experiences in college with her and she had not even the slightest inkling about her relationship or the impending marriage.

“During the four years of her college, we never had an inkling of any change till last November when she refused to take my calls. I rushed to the college, only to be told that she had married a Muslim youth hailing from Palakkad.”

“(That) was a terrible shock for me.”

Although she filed a habeas corpus, the court let Nimisha go with her husband as she had completed 18 years of age.

“I was shocked to see my daughter, who loved to wear casual dresses, in full purdah (veil). I was not allowed to talk to her fearing I may change her mind. I literally begged before both (of them),” said the mother, adding later she came to know that her daughter was pregnant.

Bindu met Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan on Sunday, seeking his help to trace her missing daughter.

“My tears have dried up. I can only pray now. I hope God will help me in tracing my daughter who will turn 24 next month.”

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