In public, it proclaims to be a champion of diversity and equality. Kerala’s Popular Front of India (PFI) has consistently denied accusations of religious conversions, hawala funding, murderous assaults and terror links.
But India Today has lifted the veil off the non-profit organisation, securing stunning confessions of its top functionaries about its mass proselytizing, illegal financing and about its ultimate goal to turn India into a theocratic Islamic state.
The PFI, already under NIA investigation, is accused of brainwashing Hindu women and marrying them off to Muslim men.
“All these allegations are baseless,” claimed Zainaba A.S., the head of the group’s woman wing, on Monday, responding to accusations that she “mentored” non-Muslim women into conversions.
She is suspected of playing a key role in what has come to be known as Kerala’s own love-jihad case — the marriage between Hadiya, previously known by her Hindu name as Akhila Asokan, with Shafin Jahan.
In May, the state high court annulled their matrimony after the woman’s father challenged it as an act of forcible conversion for terror recruitment.
The couple’s appeal is now being heard by the supreme court.
“I contacted Hadiya only after she came to (the PFI’s sister organisation) Sathya Sarani for admission. Actually, she embraced Islam two years before. In 2013, she embraced Islam,” insisted Zainaba on Monday. “It’s no love-jihad (but) an arranged marriage.”
But before Zainaba issued this denial relating to one high-profile case, she had already shared the PFI’s dark secrets with India Today’s undercover reporters.
Herself a member of the All India Muslim Personal Law Board, she was caught on tape how the Popular Front of India and its sister organization Sathya Sarani in Kerala’s Manjeri carried out massive conversions.
“(In) That institute of ours… around 5,000 people have converted to Islam over the past 10 years now,” Zainaba revealed. They, she admitted, included both Hindus and Christians.