New Delhi/Hyderabad: On board her flight to Salem, Hadiya — the woman at the centre of the Kerala love jihad debate — was accompanied by four police personnel, including two women officers. She was very happy, smiling and waving at the journalists. She wanted to speak to the journalists but could not due to police restrictions.
The Supreme Court in its order on Monday said that "when she stays in the hostel, she will be treated like any other student and will be guided by the hostel rules…" But will it be possible to do so?
After the Supreme Court took her away from her parents’ custody, Hadiya alias Akhila looked happy and relieved. "I am happy about the court order and I hope to see Shafin Jahan at Salem," said an elated Hadiya.
Speaking exclusively to CNN-News18, on board her flight to Salem, Hadiya said, "I am very happy with the court order. I can live according to my faith, continue with my studies and interact only with the people I like. This is a victory not just for me but even for Shafin Jahan and all those who spoke for me. I thank every one of them."
Now that she will not have to live with her parents, Hadiya believes she has got back her freedom.
All through the three-hour flight from Delhi to Coimbatore, she looked relaxed unlike her state in videos that surfaced intermittently, where she would cry for help.
Hadiya kept interacting with the police officers as well. Seated on a window seat and enjoying the view outside, she played with the handkerchief and smiled to herself.
Over the past six months, she had been lodged in her house under police protection with CCTV cameras and at least a dozen police officers guarding her round the clock.
On board her flight to Delhi, she did not bother to interact with her parents, only talking to police officials in between.
While the Supreme Court remained quiet about her appeal to meet her husband Shafin Jahan, the case has been posted for the third week of January.