Supreme Court upholds Hadiya's marriage, sets aside Kerala HC order

Kerala 'Love Jihad' Case: Hadiya Wins Freedom, Supreme Court Validates Her Marriage

Hadiya case: SC sets aside Kerala HC's order, restores marriage of medical student with Shafin Jahan

The woman, 26 year old Hadiya Jahan, was born into a Hindu family, but converted to Islam when she married a Muslim man.

The apex court has said that it would examine whether the Kerala high court was correct in annulling Hadiya's marriage to a Muslim man.

The order delivered by a Bench headed by Chief Justice Dipak Misra took into account that when Hadiya was summoned to court she admitted to her marriage with Shafin Jahan.

Hadiya was set-free and allowed to pursue her studies in the last hearing of the matter as she had told the court that she wanted to pursue her internship in the Sivaraj Homoeopathic College in Salem in Tamil Nadu. "However, despite the fact that I submitted repeatedly before the Kerala High Court that I made the above choices on my own free will, the HC did not heed to my submissions", she said. News18 quoted sources who claimed that Hadiya's father confirmed that he will not file for a review petition after Supreme Court's ruling. Shafin Jahan could be an extremist.

In an affidavit filed in the apex court, the NIA said that it had conducted its investigation into the so-called "love jihad" case in a "fair, objective and impartial manner" based upon the evidence and material collected so far.

While the SC verdict is being celebrated, the very fact that the top court of the country had to step in to rule that marriage between two consenting adults is valid is worrisome. "I will try to convince the court about it once again", he said. The NIA, on the other hand, has said that its probe into the matter is nearly complete.

Mr. Asokan's affidavit had mentioned that Ms. Shirin and her husband Mr. Fasal had interacted with Ms. Hadiya in 2015 and even tried to send her to Yemen.

The agency completely denied allegations by Ms. Hadiya that it was prejudiced against her and was trying to "mislead her, portraying Mr. Shafin Jahan as a terrorist". The Bench said that there was a roving inquiry by the Kerala High Court into Hadiya's marriage.

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