Kerela ‘love jihad’ case: Proceedings ongoing amid high security

A 24-year-old Hindu woman from Kerala who converted to Islam, Hadiya, reached the Supreme Court on Monday to give her statement. The decision of the girl to convert has raged up a nationwide debate over parental authority, individual liberties and “love-jihad”. Hadiya married Shafin Jahan without her parent’s permission last December. Her father Ashokan KM, who’s a retired military man, approached the high court in May, claiming that there was a “well-oiled systematic mechanism” for conversion and Islamic radicalization, which had traped his daughter.

Talking about the decision of Kerala High Court, they called Hadiya and Shafin’s marriage a “sham”, but the husband went for the gates of Supreme Court, which said in its last hearing on October 30 that Hadiya’s consent as an adult is “prime”. The lawyer Kapil Sibal, who is appearing for Hadiya and Shafin, said to the apex court that since Hadiya was present, the court must listen to her and the not the National Investigation Agency (NIA), which is investigating her conversion, and she is authorized to make decisions of her life. The top court had said that before interrogating the love jihad issue, it would like to establish if Hadiya had voluntarily converted to Islam.

As Hadiya left Kerala on Saturday to appear before the top court in New Delhi, she said to the mediapersons clearly that she wanted to live with her husband. However, Hadiya’s parents are sure that she has been brainwashed. In a previous report, the NIA has pointed to a “pattern” including conversion to Islam and marriage in Kerala. An NIA team arrived at her home on November 18 for the second time and took statements for her and her parents to present their case before the court. The ANI reports that the National Investigation Agency (NIA) submitted a 100-page probe report regarding the case in the top court. The SC will continue hearing on this case from tomorrow. The apex court, on the other hand, allowed Hadiya to continue her study at Salem in Tamil Nadu. The dean of the college also appointed her as local guardian.

 

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