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Hadiya complains, gets to speak with her husband Shefin Jahan

Hours after Hadiya said she wanted freedom to meet her husband and she was “still not free”, the principal of the Sivaraj Homeopathic Medical College said she had spoken to her husband over phone.

Written by Arun Janardhanan | Salem | Updated: November 30, 2017 7:27 am
Hadiya, Kerala Love Jihad, Akhila Ashokan Shefin Jahan Hadiya at the press conference on Wednesday at her college in Salem, Tamil Nadu. Hadiya had said she still wasn’t free and that she wanted to talk to her husband Shefin Jahan.

Hours after Hadiya said she wanted freedom to meet her husband and she was “still not free”, the principal of the Sivaraj Homeopathic Medical College near Salem, where she was sent by the Supreme Court to pursue her internship, said the 24-year-old woman had spoken to her husband over phone.

“She was so happy after talking to him for a few minutes,” G Kannan, principal of the college, told The Indian Express. He said he had given Hadiya his phone and she had a brief chat with husband Shefin Jahan in the evening.

Earlier in the day, speaking to mediapersons at the college, Hadiya alias Akhila, the Hindu woman who had converted to Islam and whose marriage with a Muslim man was annulled by the Kerala High Court in May this year, said: “What I demanded from the court was freedom — freedom to meet my husband. But the truth is that I am still not free… I didn’t get freedom.”

While the Kerala High Court had given Hadiya’s custody to her parents, the Supreme Court on Monday allowed her to return to her college. “Here, even the college is not clear about my freedom and the court’s order. They are trying to figure it out. We should give them a few more days… and I will be able to tell you whether I am really free or not,” she said.

Hadiya, Kerala Love Jihad, Akhila Ashokan Shefin Jahan

“For the last six months, I was made to stay with people who I don’t like. They are the ones who tried to convert me. Newspapers, television or… there were so many restrictions at home, even restrictions on talking to people. And now it has reached a point where my parents are saying that I am not mentally stable,” said Hadiya.

“It may be true that it’s hardly a matter of one more month… but the fact is that each and every day matters a lot to me… I just want to meet my dear ones as soon as possible,” she said. “See, I don’t have a phone, I haven’t contacted anyone so far, even though what I demanded in the court was my freedom.”

Hadiya said she spoke to her father before leaving for Salem. “But I was not able to contact Shefin Jahan when I tried to call him,” she said. Reiterating that her main demand is to meet him, she said: “Isn’t it a basic right that I am demanding, something that every citizen should be allowed to have. It has nothing to do with politics or caste.”

She alleged that while she was with her parents, she was “mentally harassed” by a group from Siva Sakthi Yoga Centre, who tried to counsel her and get her to return to Hinduism. “They haven’t told me their names but they harassed me mentally. They even insisted that I should hold a press conference and announce that I am returning to Sanatana Dharma,” she said.

Hadiya spent an hour in her classroom, before being escorted back to the main building of the college by a policewoman in plain clothes. She was accompanied by college principal G Kannan when she spoke to the media.

Meanwhile, Kalpana Sivaraj, MD of Sivaraj Homeopathic College, said Shefin Jahan may be allowed to meet Hadiya, with the permission of the college principal. She added that Hadiya may get police protection until she completes her course in another 11 months.

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  1. S
    Dec 1, 2017 at 5:43 am
    Why is so much tax payers money being spent on this nasty, stupid creature
    1. P
      Nov 30, 2017 at 11:56 pm
      This is not a Hindu vs Muslim issue, but a women's right issue. How come an adult women's agency is being denied? How come a court annul a marriage without the agreement of husband and wife? Do any of you want your mohalla to have a right to decide the legality your marriage?
      1. P
        Prem Nazir
        Nov 30, 2017 at 6:16 pm
        Conversion is a crime against man and Crime against God. The organized religions ridicule Hindus that they foolishly worship many Gods and boasting they worship only one true God. If God is one, all human beings are His creation, then what is the necessity of conversion- From my God to your God? When will you accept logic? Let me clarify here that Hindu has only one God. The Vedas say "Ekam Sat, vipra bahudha Vadanti" (Truth is really One, though the learned call it differently). The daily prayer of Hindus says "Like so many rivers flow to the Ocean, all worships finally reaches Him" (Narayanam prathi gachhathi". It is unfortunate that Hindus do not know this and keep mum when others criticize them for this. God had no b s and such claims are not true. The people who convert have not seen or even felt God and are not afraid to all this crime in His name, who is beyond all names and forms. Please stop and respect all religions.
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          John Abram
          Nov 30, 2017 at 1:30 pm
          Mia Biwi Raazi Tou Kya Karega Quasi? Ae Supreme Court baba, kaiky begani shaadi me abdullaha deewana banta re?
          1. J
            John Abram
            Nov 30, 2017 at 12:58 pm
            If a man and a women is considering themselves husband and wife, can court force them not to do so. No court in the land can do that. Haven't you heard the saying "Mia Biwi Raazi tou Kya Karega Quasi". This fits perfectly in this situation. Quasi is nothing but a judge also. There is another saying perhaps more ing: "Begani Shaadi Me Abdullah Deewana" . Courts (Abdullah) are unnecessarily getting Deewana in this matter. They have no role here except upholding the rights of these poor souls.
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