‘A reunion for both of us’: Hadiya’s husband after meeting her in Salem college

Hadiya, who made headlines over allegations of love jihad, was sent to Tamil Nadu college by the Supreme Court to complete her homeopathy studies there.

india Updated: Dec 08, 2017 23:34 IST
HT Correspondent
HT Correspondent
Hindustan Times, Thiruvananthapuram
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Hadiya at the Supreme Court in New Delhi on November 27.(Vipin Kumar/HT Photo)

Hadiya, the 24-year-old Kerala woman who made national headlines over allegations of “love jihad”, is said to have met her husband at her college in Salem.

She was sent to the Sivaraj Medical College in Tamil Nadu’s Salem district by the Supreme Court recently to complete her homeopathy studies there.

Speaking to HT over telephone, her husband Shefin Jehan said the meeting was very emotional. “It is a reunion for both of us. She is emotionally so weak. We both have unflinching faith in the judiciary, and the law of the land will help us lead a life like any other couple,” Jehan said.

Hadiya, born Akhila Ashokan, married 27-year-old Jehan without her family’s consent last December. Her father, a retired military man, approached the Kerala high court alleging that she was bound for Syria and that “a well-oiled machinery was working in the state to trap innocent girls and indoctrinate them”.

In May, the HC had struck down their marriage calling it a “sham” following which her husband moved the Supreme Court.

The apex court, which heard his appeal in an open court on November 27, granted her wish to complete her studies. The court also allowed her to meet anyone she wished to. A few days later the couple spoke over phone.

This is the first time the couple is meeting after Hadiya was put under house arrest in May.

According the news reports, the meeting on Wednesday afternoon lasted for over two hours.

Jehan said that his lawyer had accompanied him to the college.

The National Investigation Agency (NIA), which is probing Jehan’s alleged links with the Islamic State, had on Monday questioned him in connection with the case. The NIA had told the Supreme Court earlier it had evidence that Jehan was in touch with members of the Islamic terror outfit.

First Published: Dec 08, 2017 23:32 IST