KERALA ‘LOVE JIHAD’ CASE: SUPREME COURT SAYS CONSENT IS PRIME, TO HEAR HADIYA ON NOVEMBER 27

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Shafin Jahan had moved the apex court after the Kerala High Court annulled his marriage with Hadiya, saying it was an insult to the independence of women in the country.

NEW DELHI — The Supreme Court on Monday asked the father of Hadiya, a 24-year-old Hindu woman from Kerala who converted to Islam, to present her in court on November 27 to ascertain her views on her marriage to a Muslim man, Shafin Jahan.

The bench of Chief Justice Dipak Misra also said that it would ascertain her views in the open court, as it did not accept that she be questioned by the judges in-camera.

Hadiya alias Akhila had converted to Islam last year and married Shafin Jahan.

The apex court was on Monday hearing Jahan’s plea against the Kerala High Court order of May, annulling her marriage.

The young Muslim convert’s marriage to a man called Shafin Jahan was annulled by the Kerala High Court in May this year. Hadiya, who was taken away by her parents, has not been allowed to step out of her house even once in all these months.

Her father had appealed for in-camera proceedings, but the Supreme Court declined his request.

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The marriage had been challenged in the High Court by Hadiya’s father, who also alleged that her husband had links with terror group IS.

Jahan had on September 20 approached the apex court seeking recall of its August 16 order directing the NIA to investigate the controversial case of conversion and marriage of a Hindu woman with him.

Meanwhile, the Kerala government had on October 7 told the Supreme Court that its police had conducted a “thorough investigation” into her conversion and subsequent marriage to Jahan and did not find material warranting the transfer of probe to the NIA.

Jahan had moved the apex court after the Kerala High Court annulled his marriage, saying it was an insult to the independence of women in the country. — Agencies

 

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