60 women from inter-faith marriages held captive in Yoga centre

September 27, 2017 by  
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Kochi, September 27, 2017: A 28year-old Hindu woman has filed an affidavit in the Kerala high court alleging that she was detained for 22 days at a yoga centre near Tripunithura, in the suburbs of Kochi, and “physically and mentally harassed” to abandon her marriage to a Christian man.

The woman also alleged that over 60 Hindu women who were married to men from other religions were under illegal detention at the Tripunithura centre, an organised effort that bore the trademark of the ‘ghar wapsi’ movement.

Dr Shweta, after escaping from the yoga centre, raised these allegations in an affidavit to support a habeas corpus petition filed originally by 29-year-old Rinto Isaac of Thrissur after she went missing on July 27. Prior to this, Shweta and Isaac had got married at a temple in Peechi and had registered their marriage under Special Marriage Act.

According to Shweta, she lived with Isaac for close to 10 months but her father and family forced her to go for “counselling” at the yoga centre.

She told TOI that at the yoga centre her hands were often bound when she protested and that the “teaching” there was confined to revealing loopholes and contradictions in the Bible and the Quran. “We were forced to sleep on the floor of dormitories and the doors of bathrooms did not have locks. There were inmates who had been confined for years… Most of the inmates were ill all around but no treatment was given,” Shweta said in the affidavit.

To assuage her tormentors, Shweta subsequently pretended to agree to everything they said and managed to escape when her parents took her to her elder sister’s house at Muvattupuzha and to rejoin Isaac. In addition to seeking police protection from her tormentors, the woman has sought a court directive for a detailed investigation into the criminal activities of the trust that runs the centre at Tripunithura.

The court has directed that the yoga centre be made a party in the case to know its views.

Udayamperoor panchayat has issued closure notice to Yoga Vidya Kendra run by Manoj alias Guruji at Kandanadu in Tripunithura. Udayamperoor police arrested Sreejesh on Sept 25. The four yoga tutors, including Manoj alias Guruji, are absconding.

– times of india

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One Response to “60 women from inter-faith marriages held captive in Yoga centre”
  1. Alexander Abraham says:

    It is a kind of in humanitarian act. People in India got right to select their own life partners. It is our fundamental rights. Our duty is to resist this type of activity.

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