SUPREME COURT URGED TO PROBE ALLEGED TORTURE OF HADIYA BY RSS GROUP

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Eminent peace activist Swami Agnivesh (second from right) and rights activists Anoop VR, Wasiq Nadeem and Muhammed Shihad address the Press in New Delhi on Wednesday.

SWAMI AGNIVESH, RIGHTS ACTIVISTS DEMAND TOP COURT LOOK INTO ALLEGATIONS OF KERALA MUSLIM CONVERT BEING TORTURED BY MILITANT HINDU GROUP DURING HER DETENTION AT PARENTS’ HOME

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NEW DELHI — Eminent social activist Swami Agnivesh and other human rights activists have urged the Supreme Court of India to take serious note of Kerala woman Hadiya’s statement to a leading Malayalam TV channel that she had been tortured at her parents’ home by members of a militant Hindu group.

Addressing an urgently-called press conference at his office in New Delhi, Swami Agnivesh said: “Whatever she has said about a yoga centre, allegedly run by RSS people, is very unfortunate. She has said that she was tortured by these people and asked to come back to the Hindu fold. I think this must be enquired into. The Supreme Court should take very stringent notice of this.”

Hadiya, 25, was on Monday set free by the Supreme Court from her parents’ 6-month long detention and sent to her medical college in Salem district of Tamil Nadu to continue her studies.


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After completing admission formalities at the college on Tuesday evening, she addressed a press conference and reiterated her wish to meet Shafin Jahan, the man whom she had married in December 2016. Speaking to the leading Malayalam daily, Manorama News channel, she made the revelations about being tortured at her parents’ home.

“This is her latest statement that shows to what extent these RSS outfits are out to malign the whole scenario with their approach of cultural nationalism, Hindutva and ghar wapsi. If there is any iota of truth in her statement, (it must be probed). I condemn the RSS approach. This is going to create more problems for our society and particularly Kerala,” said Agnivesh.

“Not just Supreme Court, we all should take note of it and we should not allow this thing to happen. The present Left government of Kerala should apologise for getting all these torture camps being conducted under the very supervision of the Kerala police,” said Agnivesh who has been working for bonded child laborers.

“This is her latest statement that shows to what extent these RSS outfits are out to malign the whole scenario with their approach of cultural nationalism, Hindutva and ghar wapsi. If there is any iota of truth in her statement, (it must be probed). I condemn the RSS approach. This is going to create more problems for our society and particularly Kerala,” said Agnivesh.

Opening the press conference, Anoop VR, Kerala state in-charge of Rajiv Gandhi Study Circle, said: “In Kerala, we had conducted a protest march against Shiv Shakti Yoga Centre. That is a so-called ghar wapsi centre run by the RSS people. Yesterday, Hadiya made an important statement. She said she was tortured by the people of this yoga centre in her parent’s house.”

Social activist Wasiq Nadeem also demanded probe into the torture allegation. “The Supreme Court should take notice of it. What is strange is that NIA (National Investigating Agency) says it was not allowed by her father to meet her and on the other hand, people were going inside her home, pressurizing her to and even beating her. What was the local government doing? Her security was their responsibility.”

He also demanded the Tamil Nadu government to ensure that no such thing happens with her in Salem. “We demand that such things should not recur in Tamil Nadu. The state government should take responsibility for it.”

Muhammed Shihad from Fraternity Movement of Kerala was also present at the press conference.

Hadiya’s marriage with Jahan was annulled by the Kerala High Court in May 2017, questioning the motives of her wedding and sending her to the custody of her parents in Kottayam district of the state.

Jahan challenged the HC order in the top court which, on Monday (Nov 27), freed Hadiya from the parents’ custody. However, it did not deal with the twin critical issues at the heart of the controversy – her conversion and marriage. It is likely that these aspects would be taken up in the next hearing scheduled for January 12.

Commenting on the SC judgment, Agnivesh said: “Finally I feel that Hadiya is going to get back her full freedom and fundamental rights although the Supreme Court order is not up to our full expectations.”

On media reports that the Salem college principal has said he would not allow anyone except her parents to meet her, he said: “Whatever the principal was reported to have said that she would not be allowed to meet this person or that person is very unfortunate. He has no business to interfere in the personal freedom of Hadiya. She is a young woman of 25 years, she is educated and fully capable of taking her own decisions irrespective of what her parents might been.”

 

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