Kochi: A habeas corpus petition has been filed in the high court seeking the return of Fatima and her daughter from an Afghan jail for alleged IS links. The petition was filed by Moment’s mother Bindu.
The petition seeks directions to the Central Government to repatriate Nimisha Fatima and Nimisha’s daughter. The government is not taking steps to bring them back to India from Afghan jails. The petition also states that special consideration is being given to the protection of the rights of citizens, including in international treaties in which India is a partner.
The petition also alleges that the government has an obligation to protect fundamental constitutional rights. The petition is likely to be heard by the high court on Monday. Four Malayalee girls, including Nimisha Fatima, are lodged in an Afghan jail. She was arrested while converting to Islam and fighting with her husband for IS militants.
Earlier, Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan had said that the state government could not do anything about the moment. The argument that bringing them back is a threat to national security is also strong.