- Askar Ali, 24, renounces his religion
- Askar Ali was kidnapped and beaten by members of his community
- On April 30, a local magistrate’s court allowed him to live as he wished.
The 24-year-old was taken to a beach in broad daylight, pushed inside a car and then beaten by the gang which included his relatives. The incident happened in Kollam on May 1 as Askar Ali was about to attend a program themed “Those Who Consume Religion”.
Kollam police had filed a case against 10 people including his relatives after a complaint from Askar Ali, a native of
According to Ali’s complaint, a group of people from Malappuram tried to abduct him to ensure that he would not address the event on May Day.
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Ali was supposed to speak at an event organized by “Essense Global”, an organization promoting “scientific spirit, humanism and the spirit of inquiry and reform in society”.
Ali had completed a 12-year training
Ali, who spoke to Times Digital from an undisclosed location, said he was targeted by a group of Islamic fundamentalists for his decision to renounce Islam.
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“We were taught to hate other communities and not to join the Indian army because we will have to kill members of our own community, which is against our religious principles. This is what we have been taught because we will be forced to kill terrorists who try to infiltrate Indian soil. Aren’t they Muslims? Our religion teaches us not to kill another Muslim. It really is a dangerous education. Not only that, they even teach us how to spread this ideology to other members of the community. It is extremely dangerous. Banning an organization will not help stem this threat. Islam as it is is real fascism,” said Askar Ali who spoke at the event which was postponed to another date in the presence of police.
On April 30, Ali’s family filed a missing person complaint in Malappuram. On Monday night, Malappuram police brought Ali before a local magistrate’s court, which allowed him to live as he wished.