Published: Sat, March 10, 2018

Love jihad row: Supreme Court restores Hadiya's marriage

Love jihad row: Supreme Court restores Hadiya's marriage

A day after the Supreme Court validated Ms. Hadiya's marriage with the Muslim, Mr. Shafin Jahan, the 26-year-old homeopathy student applied for three days leave and left with her husband for her home state Kerala on Friday.

He, however, expressed satisfaction over the Supreme Court stating that the National Investigation Agency (NIA) may continue its investigation in the matter. I will try and convince the court about it once again, he said. On this basis, one may presume that either the Court was satisfied by the lawful nature of the marriage, or that the respondents in the present case failed to submit conclusive evidence against the lawful nature of the marriage.

Born as Akhila in a Hindu family, she had converted to Islam and changed her name to Hadiya before marrying Jahan, a Muslim man. Whether Hadiya converted as a matter of conscience or as a result of conspiracy and whether she married a Muslim youth out of love or as a result of love jihad can not be determined in isolation from her right as a sane adult to take all such decisions on her own. Hadiya's father had alleged that she was a victim of "love jihad" According to reports, during the hearing, the Supreme Court bench reiterated that the court can not intervene in the case of a marriage between two consenting adults.

"The Supreme Court has not cancelled the NIA investigation. That pain can not be explained", said Ashokan.

He also denied the charge of "love jihad", a controversial term coined by fringe Hindu groups to describe what they claim is a conspiracy by Muslims to lure Hindus into marriage.He alleged that allegations against the Popular Front of India have been made with a sinister design.

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The Kerala HC had observed that Hadiya seemed to be mentally indoctrinated and needed her parents' involvement in order to make such an important decision.

It had also stated that a single-judge bench of the court had, in another case, taken cognisance of the functioning of radical organisations pursuing activities of converting young Hindu women to Islam on the pretext of love. It is painful for me to see my daughter with an extremist, he said. "We can't allow the test of reasonableness to the legality of marriage", he said.

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