India denies visa to British muslim woman for meeting: Report

India reportedly denied a visa to British journalist and former Taliban captive Yvonne Ridley who was to address a Muslim women's conference in Kerala.

India denies visa to British muslim woman for meeting: Report

India reportedly denied a visa to British journalist and former Taliban captive Yvonne Ridley who was to address a Muslim women's conference in Kerala.

Gulf Times reported, that Ridley, who converted to Islam after her release, was to inaugurate the conference themed "women power for social revolution" organised by the women's wing of the Jamaat-e-Islami in Kerala's Muslim-dominated Malappuram district on Sunday evening.

Tens of thousands of women attended the conference.

"I have great respect for Gandhi's philosophy of non-violence and we have been practising this in Gaza protests. But I don't know why I have been denied a visa to visit Gandhi's land," the report quoted Ridley as telling the meeting through videoconferencing.

"I was quite surprised by the Indian response. I didn't expect this and it appears mysterious," said Ridley. "There are forces that are out to damage the image of democratic India."

The journalist currently works for Iran's Press TV network.

Agencies

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