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Indian girl flew to Abu Dhabi 'for love'

September 30, 2019 12:09 PM

ABU DHABI: A 19-year-old Delhi-based Christian girl who flew to Abu Dhabi earlier this month and embraced Islam, has rubbished reports that she has been abducted and coerced into joining a terrorist group, adding that she came to the UAE for love.

"This is not true. I have found my true calling and have come to Abu Dhabi of my own free will. No one forced me. I am an adult citizen of India and can make my own decision, " Ciyani Benny, now known as Aisha, told Gulf News on Sunday.

A final year under-graduate student at the Jesus and Mary College, Ciyani attended classes until on September 18.

However, the same day, she took a flight to Abu Dhabi to marry an Abu Dhabi-based Indian man she became friends with on social media about nine months ago.

Her parents, originally from Kozhikode, Kerala, filed a missing report alongside a police complaint saying that their daughter has been kidnapped.

But on Saturday, Ciyani issued a statement saying that she embraced Islam in Abu Dhabi Court on September 24 of her own free will.

"I have accepted this religion and would ensure that I would live with the same faith, " she added.

In her statement, she urged the Indian government to take action against those spreading the "fake news" that she has been "abducted or is part of a terrorist group".

Ciyani said her parents, including his brother have air-dashed to Abu Dhabi to meet her.

"I have told them I am not going back. I want to get married to live in the UAE, " she told Gulf News on Sunday.

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