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Kerala Love Jihad Case: Hadiya’s Husband Shafin Welcomes SC Observation

By: Aishwarya Kumar

Edited By: Huma Tabassum

News18.com

Last Updated: January 23, 2018, 14:23 IST


Hadiya, 25, had married Shafin Jahan in December last year after converting to Islam but the marriage was declared null and void by the Kerala HC.

Hadiya, 25, had married Shafin Jahan in December last year after converting to Islam but the marriage was declared null and void by the Kerala HC.

“It cements that the truth prevails. It also shows that the hearing is going in the right direction. It is by God’s grace that this has happened,” he told News18. Meeting Hadiya, he added, was on the cards but a date was yet to be fixed.

New Delhi: Just hours after the Supreme Court observed that the National Investigation Agency (NIA) could not probe the marital aspect in the Kerala ‘love jihad’ case, petitioner Shafin Jahan, Hadiya’s husband, said that he was a happy man.

“It cements that the truth prevails. It also shows that the hearing is going in the right direction. It is by God’s grace that this has happened,” he told News18. Meeting Hadiya, he added, was on the cards but a date was yet to be fixed.

The apex court on Tuesday said they can't question legitimacy of Hadiya's choice. “A major woman can't be forced to live with her parents. Only Hadiya had a right to decide on her choices,” the bench said. The SC is hearing Hadiya’s husband Jahan’s plea against the Kerala High Court annulling their marriage. “Can a court annul a marriage when both the man and the woman are adults? Will deal with only this question of law,” the court added.

A Raghunath, one of the counsel of Hadiya's father, said, “We expect the NIA to file a report & the court to permit the girl to continue her studies. We are happy that she is safe. Let's see what happens”. The SC will hear arguments in the case on February 22.​

In November last year, the SC sent Hadiya to Salem in Tamil Nadu to enable her to pursue her homeopathic studies. The SC directed the Kerala police to provide Hadiya with security and ensure that she travelled to Salem at the earliest.

first published:January 23, 2018, 14:23 IST
last updated:January 23, 2018, 14:23 IST