Supreme Court sets aside Kerala HC order, upholds Hadiya, Shafin's marriage

Kerala'Love Jihad Case Hadiya Wins Freedom Supreme Court Validates Her Marriage

Kerala'Love Jihad Case Hadiya Wins Freedom Supreme Court Validates Her Marriage

The Supreme Court on Thursday scrapped the Kerala High Court's order and restored Hadiya's marriage with Shafin Jahan.

A three-judge bench of the Apex Court, headed by Chief Justice of India (CJI) Dipak Misra and also comprising Justices AM Khanwilkar and DY Chandrachud passed the interim order.

The Supreme Court ordered an NIA probe into the matter to ascertain if there was any terror angle in the conversion of Hadiya and her marriage to Shefin Jahan. Hadiya had however denied the charges and moved to SC in a bid to get released from the custody of her parents. she had also urged the apex court to allow her to go with her husband.

The high court's order had put the spotlight on "love jihad", a controversial term coined by fringe outfits to describe cases of what they believe are forced marriages between Muslim men and Hindu women. News18 quoted sources who claimed that Hadiya's father confirmed that he will not file for a review petition after Supreme Court's ruling.

Mar 8: SC restores Hadiya's marriage with Shafin Jahan, sets aside Kerala HC's annulment order.

Previously known by her Hindu name Akhila Asokan, Hadiya Jahan has always insisted that she acted out of her own free will. Hadiya converted to Islam and married a Muslim man Shafi Jahan while studying.

Hadiya's father, KM Ashokan, has refused to give up, and cited the NIA continuing the probe as proof that the investigative body thinks Shafin Jahan is a terrorist.

The Supreme Court recently had said that if Hadiya comes to Court and says that she has married by choice, that will be the end of it.

Law's excesses had entered Hadiya's life long before her marriage.

However, according to LiveLaw, the court also said that the National Investigative Agency (NIA) can continue its investigations into whether there was any criminality involved, but it shouldn't probe into the marriage.

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".

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