Another love jihad case has come to light in Tamil Nadu. Sumathira, (name changed), a plus-two student from Uppathukadu near Thimmampatti village, consumed pesticide on January 18. She was rushed to Arthur government hospital where she was pronounced dead at 20:00hrs on the same day. Police registered a case as an unnatural death and conducted an autopsy. Sumathira’s parents cremated her, making no protests. So it was not flashed in any media.
Acting on the orders of the Superintendent of Police, local SI Sivashankar came to the village on February 24 and questioned a Muslim youth, Amir Khan (22), a commerce graduate, working in a software firm near Salem. He was let off after questioning, but asked to come to the station whenever required. Police seized the phone from Sumithara’s parents and analyzed her call records. They found she frequently called a particular number and had lengthy conversations. Before ending her life, the girl deleted the history of all calls and WhatsApp records by formatting. However, cyber wing police have retrieved the same.
A reliable source from the area, who does not want to be quoted, said, “Amir Khan’s mother was teaching Sumathira in the school. His father, Rahamuthulla is the head of the local jamaat. Amir Khan had befriended her when he used to drop her mother in the school. Their friendship developed into sharing mobile numbers and used to chat frequently. On coming to know this, her parents went to Amir Khan’s house on January 15 and warned him not to spoil their daughter’s future. What prompted her to take the extreme decision of committing suicide by consuming pesticide is still baffling.”
Advocate Ramalingam said the girl met the boy while going to NEET Coaching Centre, located in the same complex where Amir Khan works. They had exchanged phone numbers. He allegedly proposed to marry her but tried to avoid her phone calls later. Unable to bear this, she committed suicide.
Ramalingam said, “It is not a love matter but beyond it. If we see the boy’s Instagram and Facebook messages and chats, it is a clear love jihad case. Amir Khan has been in contact with so many girls. Police should probe whether more Hindu girls have fallen to his love jihad net. The safety of Hindu girls is in danger. It is high time. Hindu outfits should sit and evolve a strategy to overcome it.”
“Muslims are dominant in the area, and because of this, Hindu Munnani has grown in the Thammampatti area,” said a worker.