Supreme Court upholds Hadiya's marriage

Jonathan Hernandez
March 9, 2018

In 2017, when Hadiya was forced under house arrest because she married a Muslim man and changed her religion, the country roiled up with questions that challenged theology, the courts, and humanity.

Earlier in January thi year Supreme Court allowed the National Investigating Agency (NIA) to probe all the aspects, except Hadiya's marriage to Shafin Jahan.

The top court also set aside the Kerala High Court's order which had annulled her and Shafin Jahan's marriage. It has only quashed the High Court verdict that annulled the marriage between Hadiya and Shefin Jahan.

March 6 (ANI): Hadiya's father, KM Ashokan on Tuesday filed an affidavit in the Supreme Court in connection with the alleged Kerala love jihad case.

She added that she had been kept in "unlawful custody" by her parents.

Asokan said his daughter was a "vulnerable adult" and she "abjectly surrendered herself to complete strangers who adopted her into their fold, offering her shelter and protection and further imparted religious indoctrination in an isolated environment".

The NIA had earlier denied the allegations that it had behaved with Hadiya with a prejudice as if she is a criminal or a terrorist.

Hadiya filed an affidavit in the Supreme Court stating that she is a Muslim and wanted to remain as a Muslim.

Hadiya was known as Akhila Asokan before she converted.

"After I filed a habeus corpus petition, the high court ordered that she should live with her family".

She also said that she had been kept in "unlawful custody" by her parents.

Two days after her wedding, she appeared in court with her husband, but the court "expressed its dissatisfaction over the marriage and directed her to go back to the hostel". It is to be hoped that the SC striking down the Kerala HC judgment will lead to court verdicts upholding justice alone in the face of societal biases and political pressures, in the future.

Following the high court's order, Hadiya' husband moved to the Supreme Court challenging the ruling.

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