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Kerala love jihad case: Muslim man moves SC to freeze NIA probe

The Muslim man, Shafin Jahan, said his wife Hadiya, earlier known as Akhila, is under tremendous physical and mental attack by her family, with whom she is living.

india Updated: Sep 16, 2017 16:25 IST
Ramesh Babu
Ramesh Babu
Hindustan Times, Thiruvananthapuram
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Hadiya converted to Islam and married Muslim man Shafin Jahan last December. (HT file photo)

A Muslim man from Kerala, whose marriage to a converted Hindu woman triggered a national controversy, approached the Supreme Court on Saturday to freeze a National Investigation Agency probe into his wedding and alleged his wife was being tortured by her family.

In his petition, Shafin Jahan said his wife Hadiya, earlier known as Akhila, is under tremendous physical and mental attack by her family, with whom she is living, and that even activists were barred from meeting her. He also alleged that the NIA probe was proceeding without the supervision of a retired judge, as stipulated by the top court.

“She is confined to her room and not allowed to meet anyone. She was physically and mentally harassed by her relatives. Some of the Sangh Parivar outfits are also trying to threaten her,” Jahan told Hindustan Times.

He also asked the apex court to listen to Hadiya before any decision.

The case grabbed national spotlight last year after Akhila Ashokan, a homeopathy doctor, converted to Islam, took the name Hadiya and married Jahan last December. But her father, an ex-serviceman, approached the Kerala high court, saying his daughter was indoctrinated and forcibly converted. He also claimed that she would be sent to Afghanistan or Syria, akin to 21 people missing from Kerala who are suspected to have joined the Islamic State.

In May, the high court annulled their marriage and in August, the Supreme Court refused to stay the HC order and asked the NIA to probe the wedding.

But weeks later, justice T K Ravendran who was assigned to oversee the investigation withdrew, citing personal reasons. “There are many attempts to brand me as a terrorist. Many such unknown cases will come up in coming days to tarnish me,” Jahan told Hindustan Times.

First Published: Sep 16, 2017 14:21 IST