Kerala Women’s Commission asks police to submit report on Hadiya’s condition
The Kerala Women’s Commission on Saturday directed Kottayam Superintendent of Police (SP) to inquire and submit a report on the present condition of Hadiya in Kerala love Jihad case.
On October 10, the Kerala High Court while hearing the Hadiya case observed that ‘all inter-religious marriages cannot be termed love jihad’.
A native of Vaikom, Hadiya (24), a Hindu woman, was allegedly forced to convert to Islam and marry a Muslim man.
Earlier on October 7, the Kerala government told the Supreme Court that an investigation by the National Investigation Agency (NIA) was not needed in the case as the state police was efficient enough to carry out the inquiry.
The government, however, had earlier said that it has no problem with the NIA probe.
Last month, a group of people had submitted a petition to Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan and demanded a probe into the alleged unlawful incarceration of Hadiya.
Four months ago, the Kerala High Court had sent Hadiya with her parents KM Asokan and Ponnamma after annulling her marriage with Shafin Jahan.
The case is under consideration of the Apex Court now, which had ordered the NIA investigation into it.
Jahan, on September 16, had filed a plea in the apex court and requested to call off the NIA probe alleging that the agency ‘is not being fair.’
Hadiya, formerly Akhila Ashokan, converted to Islam and married Jahan in 2016.
In May, the High Court had annulled the marriage acting on a petition filed by Hadiya’s father, who claimed that Muslim organisations were planning to take her abroad and make her join the Islamic State group.