The entire team of the film The Kerala Story held a press conference today in Mumbai. In this press conference, the film’s producer Vipul Shah brought 26 girls in front of the media, who have come from Kerala and have been victims of conversion. Vipul said during this – We were accused that it was propaganda but the audience responded.
We feel that we have other work apart from making films. We are introducing 26 of the girls who have been victims in this case. This story is not only of Kerala but of whole India. It is our responsibility not only to watch the film but also to be its voice.
Vipul said that the story of thousands of girls has come out through 3 girls in the film. Many media houses told lies. This is a dirty conspiracy, which should not happen. We have come up with new figures.
One of the victims, Anagha Jaigopal, said, ‘I was pregnant two years ago. I was in the same situation as Shalini (played by Adah Sharma in the film). There were many girls in the hostel like Asifa shown in the film, who used to bring the angle of religion in normal conversation. She used to confuse us about things. Due to lack of knowledge of religion, I could not present my side.
These girls used to say that God is only one i.e. Allah. They give me the Hindi version of Quran, after reading it I fell under their spell. I became anti Hindu. Left the family and adopted Islam completely. There was worship at home, and I used to offer namaz on the terrace. I had vented my anger on my cousin’s daughter because she was not allowing me to offer Namaz.
I started calling the people who gave birth to me as infidels. They used to fall at my feet and beg me not to do this, but I used to tell them that if you people also do not accept Islam, you will go to hell. This film seems like my story to me. I just wanted to cry after watching this.
Chitra, one of the victim girls, said, “Not only girls but boys were also among them. Those who got converted left their families completely. When the family members noticed the change in him, they brought him to the ashram. There is no record of these people because no one wants to talk about it after coming out of such a situation. They want to keep their identity hidden.
In 24 years, 7000 people returned to their religion. Shruti, a victim, said – under the Aarsh Vidya Samaj, those girls who have been converted are helped. From 1999 to 2023, about 7 thousand people have been sent back home. These people had adopted Islam.
For help, calls are also received from people outside Kerala, all of them have been forcefully converted. 300 converted girls will be given facilities in Aarsh Vidya Ashram. Vipul Shah had donated Rs 51 lakh to this ashram. Vipul said that the purpose of making this film was to save the girls by any means.