Hadiya free to live with her husband, says SC

Hadiya free to live with her husband, says SC

Hadiya free to live with her husband, says SC

"Shafin Jahan is my husband, I want to continue to live as wife of my beloved husband and that I embraced Islam and married him on my own free will", she had said in her 25-page affidavit.

A three-judge Bench, headed by Chief Justice Dipak Misra, gave the ruling after NIA lawyer Maninder Singh told the Supreme Court that the agency's probe had nearly been concluded.

Reading out the operative part of the Supreme Court order, Chief Justice of India Dipak Misra said Hadiya was summoned to the court where she admitted her marriage to Shafin Jahan.

Kerala HC declares "null and void" the marriage of 24-year-old Hadiya, a Muslim convert, allegedly performed after she was abducted and wrongfully confined in an "illegal Islamic conversion centre" in Malappuram district. The apex court freed her from her father's custody and ordered her institution to allow her to continue her education in November a year ago.

The high court had annulled the marriage terming it as an instance of "love jihad", following which Jahan had approached the apex court.

He, however, expressed satisfaction over the Supreme Court stating that the National Investigation Agency (NIA) may continue its investigation in the matter.

Feb 20: Hadiya files affidavit in SC saying she had willingly converted to Islam and wanted to remain a Muslim.

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She also said that she had been kept in "unlawful custody" by her parents.

While the SC verdict is being celebrated, the very fact that the top court of the country had to step in to rule that marriage between two consenting adults is valid is worrisome.

The high court had annulled the marriage on a habeas corpus petition filed by Asokan, who hails from Vaikom in Kottayam district.

Five months later in May 2017, the court nullified Hadiya's marriage and sent her back to the custody of her parents.

Hadiya was born Akhila Asokan, the daughter of a devout Hindu mother and an atheist father.

"Today's Supreme Court verdict is not complete".

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