Hadiya Tells SC that She Wants to Remain a Muslim

SC quashes Kerala HC order

After the Supreme Court put a stop to National Investigation Agency’s probe in the Hadiya inter-religion marriage case, now Hadiya, who was a Hindu before she married Shafin Jahan and transitioned to Islam, has filed an affidavit in the apex court stating that she does not want to go back to Hinduism and wants to remain a Muslim, ANI reported.

She added that she wants to remain married to Jahan, which led to the whole controversy where her parents filed an annulment petition in the Kerala High Court last year. Hadiya has consistently petitioned in the SC to let her be wife to Jahan and start her life with him after the Kerala HC had annulled the marriage last year in May. They said it was a case of ‘Love Jihad’. Not only this, the Kerala HC had even made her parents as her legal guardians.

Hadiya has filed an affidavit in the apex court stating that she does not want to go back to Hinduism and wants to remain a Muslim

It was her husband Jahan who moved to the SC after Kerala HC passed the judgment annulling his marriage with Hadiya. He also requested the SC to look into NIA’s interference in the case.

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When SC took up the case, it called for an open court hearing for Hadiya and ordered that she be present in the court while the judgment takes place. After her parents failed to convince the court to not bring her in the capital for the hearing, they had to finally give in and Hadiya flew in for the Hearing.

There she told the bench consisting of Chief Justice Dipak Misra, A M Khanwilkar and D Y Chandrachud that she married out of her own will and that nobody forced or influenced her. She also expressed her desire to study further and the SC ordered that she first go back to complete her studies. The bench also ordered that until she completes her studies, her college dean will be her legal guardian.

In the last hearing on January 23, the bench discouraged NIA from probing Hadiya’s case. It said that as an adult woman of 24 years of age, she accepted that she willfully married her husband during the previous court hearing.

“She told us in court she is married.  We can’t question the legitimacy of her marriage,” said the bench.

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