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Kerala Love Jihad Case: SC Sends Hadiya Back to College, Dean to be Her Guardian

During the hearing which went for over-two hours, the woman said she wanted to go with her husband Shafin Jahan. When Justice Chandrachud asked Hadiya about her dreams for the future, she said,"I want freedom."

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Updated:November 27, 2017, 6:39 PM IST
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Kerala Love Jihad Case: SC Sends Hadiya Back to College, Dean to be Her Guardian
The Tamil Nadu government has been asked to provide security to Hadiya. (Photo: CNN-News18)
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New Delhi: The Supreme Court on Monday heard Hadiya alias Akhila in the alleged love-jihad case and sent her to Salem in Tamil Nadu to enable her to pursue her homoeopathic studies.

A bench headed by Chief Justice Dipak Misra directed the Kerala police to provide Hadiya with security and ensure that she travelled to Salem at the earliest.

The apex court appointed the dean of the Salem-based homoeopathic college as Hadiya's guardian and granted him liberty to approach it in case of any problem. Hadiya has been staying at her parental home for several weeks.

The bench, also comprising Justices A M Khanwilkar and D Y Chandrachud, directed the college and the university to re-admit Hadiya and grant her hostel facilities.

During the hearing which went for over-two hours, she said she wanted to go with her husband Shafin Jahan. When Justice Chandrachud asked her about her dreams for the future, she said,"I want freedom."

The chief Justice admitted that he has never seen such a case in his life.

The top court fixed the hearing on Jehan's plea against Kerala HC order annulling his marriage with Hadiya to third week of January next year.

Jehan had on September 20 approached the apex court seeking recall of its order directing the NIA to investigate the controversial case of conversion and marriage.

The Kerala High Court had annulled the marriage terming it as an instance of 'love jihad', following which he had approached the apex court.

The top court had on August 16 directed the NIA to probe the incident under the supervision of retired apex court judge, Justice R V Raveendran.

Jehan, who had married Hadiya in last December, had moved the apex court after the Kerala High Court annulled his marriage, saying it was an insult to the independence of women in the country.

Hadiya had converted to Islam and later married Jahan. It was alleged that she was recruited by Islamic State's mission in Syria and Jahan was only a stooge.

Ashokan K M, Hadiya's father, had alleged that there was a "well-oiled systematic mechanism" for conversion and Islamic radicalisation.

The high court, while declaring the marriage as "null and void", had described the case as an instance of 'love jihad' and ordered the state police to conduct probe into such cases.
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