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I am a Muslim… converted of my own free will, want to live with husband, says Hadiya

Hadiya is set to appear before the Supreme Court on Monday. Meanwhile, Jahan said he would also leave for Delhi on Sunday.

Written by Shaju Philip | Thiruvananthapuram | Updated: November 26, 2017 12:12 pm
hadiya, love jihad, kerala love jihad, muslim convert, hadiya father, supreme court hadiya case, sc hadiya decision, hindu girl marries muslim boy, india news, indian express Jahan, Hadiya: She will depose in SC Monday. File photo

Two days before she is set to depose in the Supreme Court, Hadiya (Hindu girl Akhila who converted to Islam and married a Muslim man) emphasised on Saturday that she converted to Islam of her own free will and wanted to live with her husband, Shefin Jahan.

“I am a Muslim. I have embraced Islam of my own free will. Nobody has compelled me to become a Muslim. I want justice. I want to live with my husband,’’ she said, in her first comments to the media at the Kochi airport, from where she boarded a flight to Delhi, accompanied by her parents.

Hadiya is set to appear before the Supreme Court on Monday. Meanwhile, Jahan said he would also leave for Delhi on Sunday.

The Indian Express reported on Saturday that the National Investigation Agency (NIA), in its status report to the Supreme Court earlier this week, has attached her statement in which she is learnt to have denied any pressure to convert to Islam or marry Jahan.

READ | NIA report includes Hadiya statement that she wed of her own will

In August, the Supreme Court had directed the NIA to probe the case after Jahan challenged the Kerala High Court’s decision to annul their marriage and give Hadiya’s custody to her father.

In its earlier report to the court, the NIA had claimed there was a “well-oiled machinery working in Kerala” involved in indoctrination and radicalisation of women, and 89 such cases had been reported. It claimed that the court could invoke parental authority even if Hadiya was an adult, as her case suggested that she was radicalised.

Hadiya’s father, K M Ashokan, had also alleged that she had been indoctrinated by radical groups.

The Supreme Court had said it could consider the contention of the NIA and Ashokan, that Hadiya had been indoctrinated and her consent was not free, only after it had talked to her.

Meanwhile, a five-member police team, led by an Inspector, accompanied Hadiya and her parents to Delhi. Since May 24, when she was taken to her parent’s house at T V Puram in Kottayam district as per the High Court’s directive, Hadiya has not stepped outside. She has been under constant police watch, with two women constables always remaining with her.

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  1. A
    Nov 29, 2017 at 4:23 am
    I too was of the opinion that a 25 year old girl had spoken and taken responsibility for her actions and thought we should move on wishing the couple well. But I realized there is more to this than meets the eye when I read the full Kerala High Court statement and the concerns expressed by two judges in their order some time back. So, I suggest people need to step back a little, calm down and read the whole thing and then come to their own conclusion: s: swarajyamag /ideas/nia-probe-into-love-jihad-case-have-those-outraging-read-the-kerala-hcs-judgement The girl's parents' concerns does seem legitimate when one reads what the judges had to say.
    1. Suman Gadhok
      Nov 28, 2017 at 12:33 pm
      A dreadful belief system which is geared to treat other religions as inferiors and have an iron grip on their own followers specially women. It is a one way street as far as other religions are concerned. They can not even speak to their women while Muslim men are encouraged to seduce and convert women to Islam.
      1. Pak Chooth
        Nov 27, 2017 at 5:58 am
        May DOG bless you and rot in hell, you ugly ed !!
        1. Ajax Smith
          Nov 26, 2017 at 11:00 pm
          Indian Courts believe Hindu women are too stupid to choose their own religions or their own husbands. So instead forces Hinduism and Hindu Husbands on them.
          1. H
            HOLEY FATHER
            Nov 26, 2017 at 11:09 pm
            Indian courts are aware of Jihadis and the way they work.
          2. M
            Nov 26, 2017 at 10:24 pm
            Sooo there is a clamour for her return ,,,, and what after that,,, she will be lodged in some hermitage and forced to live a life of privation.............. she is simply being denied her conjugal life........... It is a commercial world folks , we ain't an oligarch to worry about such petty and trivial issues.......... the society is ready to accept her as a anything but as a woman married to some muslim........ today's youth is hooked to the internet and ,,,, do you think the youth cares a hang about the religion ?......
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