Kerala Love Jihad: Hadiya Meets Husband Shafin Jahan After Year of Separation
The meeting took place at a homeopathy college in Tamil Nadu’s Salem district where she Hadiya is continuing studies on orders of the Supreme Court.
Hadiya is mired in a controversy after she converted to Islam from Hinduism and married a Muslim man. (File Photo: CNN-News18)
Thiruvananthapuram: Hadiya, the 24-year-old Kerala woman at the center of the ‘Love Jihad’ controversy, met husband Shafin Jahan on December 3 after almost a year of being apart.
The meeting took place in the compound of Sivaraj Homeopathy medical college, where Hadiya is continuing her studies on the order of the Supreme Court. It lasted for around 45 minutes and was held under surveillance cameras.
“It was very emotional. I was meeting her after a very long time. She told me about her experiences during the past year and I shared the same with her. We haven’t decided when to meet next but this meeting went smoothly,” Jahan told News18.
When asked about whether they discussed the case, which will next be heard in the apex court in the third week of January, Jahan said the only mention of the case was when Hadiya said she was hopeful of them being together soon. “She was very happy seeing the progress in the case and we are both hopeful that we will be together soon,” he said.
Shafin’s lawyer, KC Nazeer, who accompanied Jahan to the college, said there was absolutely no issue with the meeting nor did they face any hurdle since the Supreme Court had stated that Hadiya be treated like any other student. Shafin is said to have met the principal of the college before meeting Hadiya.
The meeting comes almost 10 days after the couple spoke to each other on the phone. A day after Hadiya arrived in Salem on November 30, she had used the phone of the College Dean to call Jahan.
Born Akhila, Hadiya had converted to Islam and married Jahan while still studying. Her parents came to know about it after she refused to participate in a religious ceremony at home near Vaikom in Kerala.
Suspecting his daughter to be a victim of 'love jihad', her father Asokan KM approached the High Court seeking nullification of the marriage, which the court conceded. Her father has alleged that she was a pawn in the larger scheme of indoctrinating and recruiting of ISIS recruits.
However, her husband approached the Supreme Court against the High Court order and sought recall of the court order asking NIA to investigate the conversion of Hadiya to Islam and her marriage.
On November 27, the top court sent Hadiya to Salem to enable her pursue homoeopathic studies. 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.
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