Hadiya's was an 'adjustment' marriage, will consider moving review plea: father

Hadiya's was an 'adjustment' marriage, will consider moving review plea: father

Hadiya, who was born a Hindu, had married Shefin Jahan, a Muslim man, in 2016. A three-judge bench headed by Chief Justice Dipak Misra had observed that the NIA probe will have no bearing in deciding the aspects of legitimacy of marriage of Hadiya and Shafin Jahan.

The Supreme Court overturned the order of a lower court and reinstated the marriage of the 24-year-old woman, who had converted to Islam and changed her name to Hadiya, from Akhila earlier.

The matter came to the fore when Jahan challenged the High Court order annulling his marriage with Hadiya and sending her to her parents' custody. In November 2017, the Supreme Court "allowed" Hadiya to resume her studies at a homeopathy college in Tamil Nadu's Salem, but put her under the guardianship of her college dean, not allowing her to chat with her husband. Kerala Love Jihad case victim, Hadiya (also known as Akhila) had on February 20, filed an affidavit in the Supreme Court and stated that she is a Muslim and wanted to remain as a Muslim. Shafin Jahan is my husband. Hadiya told the apex court that her response to the NIA's question that she "does not remember" was being construed as "lying" and that some personnel "behaved as if she was a criminal or a terrorist".

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The Supreme Court said the NIA could continue with its probe into the alleged love jihad case of Kerala but it cannot investigate the marital status of the man and the woman.

During the hearing, the SC bench reiterated that the court can not intervene in the case of a marriage between two consenting adults.

The apex court had on January 23 made it clear that the NIA can not probe the marital status of Hadiya and Jahan. She also sought for permission to live as Jahan's wife. "I will try to convince the court about it once again", he said. Her family, however, didn't allow her to live with him. The probe into the cases of Love Jihad by a well oiled network in Kerala would however continue, the Bench said.

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