New Delhi | Jagran News Desk: In what has been called a ‘disappointing decision’ by UK’s Home Ministry, ISIS Bride Shamima Begum, now 20, has been allowed to return back to UK and challenge the decision of government to deprive her of the British citizenship in the aftermath of her joining the dreaded terror group. London-based Court of Appeal, in a ruling on Thursday stated that, “the only way in which she (Begum) can have a fair and effective appeal is to be permitted to come into the United Kingdom to fight her appeal.”

Last year, UK Home Secretary in then-Prime Minister Theresa May’s government, Sajid Javid had revoked Shamima Begum’s British citizenship on ‘National security’ grounds. Shamima had challenged Javid’s decision and Court of Appeal has ruled in her favour.

Who is Shamima Begum?

Shamima Begum was one of the three east London school-going teenagers who left London in 2015, and travelled all the way to Syria via Turkey to join the Islamic State terror group. According to a report in The Daily Telegraph newspaper, Shamima served in the “morality police” of ISIS, and attempted to recruit other young girls into dreaded Jihadist group. She also reportedly carried a Kalashnikov rifle and was reputed as a “strict enforcer” of ISIS ‘laws’.

Shamima’s baby was born in a refugee camp in Syria who died of Pneumonia. Earlier, during her three years of ‘serving period’ at ISIS, she reportedly lost two other children with her ISIS terror fighter husband of Dutch origin also died while fighting the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF).

Last year, Shamima told a group of journalists that she did not regret joining the ISIS, but still wanted to be allowed ‘back home’ in London.

Will Shamima return to UK now?

If the Court’s decision goes unchallenged, Shamima, currently living in a refugee camp in Syria, can reportedly return to UK in anywhere between six months to a year. However, the Court’s decision is likely to be challenged by Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s government in London. A spokeswoman for UK’s Home office, succeeded by Priti Patel after Sajid Javid called the Court decision “disappointing.

“This is a very disappointing decision by the court. We will now apply for permission to appeal this judgment, and to stay its effects pending any onward appeal. The government's top priority remains maintaining our national security and keeping the public safe,” the Home Office’s spokeswoman was quoted as saying by The Mirror.

Posted By: Abhinav Gupta