Kerala’s love jihad: SC to hear Hadiya case today

Kerala's love jihad: SC to hear Hadiya case today

New Delhi, Jan 23: The Supreme Court will, on Tuesday, hear the infamous Hadiya case popularly known tot he country as ‘Kerala’s love jihad’ case.

The National Investigation Agency (NIA) will reportedly file another status report on the same.

It will reportedly include the statement of Shafin Jahan, husband of Hadiya. Hadiya’s father, Ashokan had alleged that his daughter was forcefully converted to Islam and marry Jahan.

In November last year, Hadiya told the Supreme Court that she wanted to be with her husband Jahan.

The 24-year-old has been in the headlines after she became a Muslim, following her marriage.

Hadiya said she had married Jahan out of her own will and not forcibly.

During the course of the hearing, Hadiya, who was born as Akhila Ashokan, also said she wanted freedom and to see her husband after the top court asked whether she would prefer to continue studies.

The top court has now directed Hadiya, who currently is in the custody of her parents, to be taken to college for her studies and that college should allow hostel facility to her.

The apex court also ordered Hadiya’s college dean to be her guardian after she requested for it.

Meanwhile, counsel for Hadiya’s father, Rajendran, argued that the material submitted by National Investigation Agency (NIA) should be looked into, while saying a modus operandi exists for conversion.

Earlier, the NIA had submitted a status report in a sealed cover to the top court in connection with the case.

The apex court has been hearing Hadiya’s case after Jahan approached the top court following Kerala High Court, annulling his marriage with Hadiya.

While Hadiya’s parents have been alleging that her marriage was a case of love jihad and that she was converted to Islam forcibly, Hadiya has refuted these claims so far.

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