Kerala love jihad case: Hadiya says she converted to Islam, married Muslim man of her free will
Hadiya, who is at the centre of love jihad controversy, also asked the Supreme Court to consider granting her compensation for the harassment she faced at the hands of investigative agencies for suspected Islamic State links.india Updated: Feb 20, 2018 23:46 IST
Hadiya, the 26-year-old woman who is at the centre of an alleged love jihad controversy, on Tuesday filed an affidavit in the Supreme Court claiming that she has embraced Islam of her free will and wants to live with her husband Shafin Jahan.
“Shafin Jahan is my husband, I want to continue to live as wife of my beloved husband and I embraced Islam and married him on my own free will. I further pray that this Court may be kind enough to appoint my husband as (my) guardian,” reads Hadiya’s affidavit in the apex court.
The affidavit comes just two days ahead of the crucial hearing in the Supreme Court on her husband Shafin Jahan’s plea against the Kerala high court order annulling their marriage.
Hadiya has also asserted in her affidavit that despite Supreme Court orders freeing her from her parents’ custody, she continues to be under police surveillance.
“Even now I am under police surveillance. I most humbly pray that my entire liberty may kindly be restored to me,” she added.
Hadiya, born Akhila and a Hindu, converted to Islam in January 2016. She married Jahan in December of the same year. In May 2017, the Kerala high court annulled the marriage in a highly controversial order. In August, Jahan filed a petition in the Supreme Court.
On November 27 last year, the apex court freed Hadiya from her parents’ custody and sent her to college to pursue her studies, even as she pleaded to be allowed to go with her husband. The court took the decision after interacting with the then 25-year-old.
In January this year , the Supreme Court said her marriage can’t be questioned.
In her affidavit, Hadiya has hit out at the National Investigation Agency (NIA) alleging that the anti-terror agency treated her as a terrorist.
Hadiya has also requested the court to consider granting her compensation for the harassment she has suffered at the hands of police and the National Investigation agency saying, “Court may be pleased to order that I shall be paid appropriate compensation by those concerned and the State as well for the agonies and sufferings, to which I was subjected.”
She has also attacked NIA saying that the agency had launched a “baseless and malicious propaganda that I am mentally not sound, that I have connection with IS”.
First Published: Feb 20, 2018 23:11 IST