SC asks Kerala love jihad 'victim' Hadiya to be produced before Nov 27

The Supreme Court on Monday directed Hadiya Shefin to be produced before it on November 27 in connection with the Kerala 'love jihad' case.

By Zee Media Bureau | Updated: Oct 30, 2017, 14:05 PM IST
SC asks Kerala love jihad 'victim' Hadiya to be produced before Nov 27
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New Delhi: The Supreme Court on Monday directed Hadiya Shefin to be produced before it on November 27 in connection with the Kerala 'love jihad' case.

SC refused the plea of Hadiya's father for holding of in-camera proceedings on November 27th saying, "it will be in open court."

The apex court also observed that the girl being a major, her consent is prime.

Hadiya's father had earlier alleged that his daughter, a Hindu by birth, was converted to Islam through 'love jihad' following her marriage.

The Supreme Court had ordered a probe by the National Investigation Agency (NIA) to find out if there is a pattern of ‘love jihad’ in the case. It had earlier this year questioned how a High Court can annul the marriage between two consenting adults. 

Hadiya Shefin, a 25-year-old homoeopathic doctor had converted to Islam last year after her marriage with Shafin Jahan. On her father's claim, the Kerala High Court had accepted that Shafin Jahan has links with terror-outfits. Her father had also alleged that she was forcefully converted by her friends.

On Friday, a video was released where Hadiya, born Akhila Ashokan was heard as saying, "You need to get me out...I will be killed anytime."

Meanwhile, she was put in the protective custody of her parents after the Kerala High Court annulled her marriage with Shafin Jahan on charges of 'love jihad'.

She has not been allowed to step out of her house ever since the high court gave her custody to her parents, with police officers stationed outside her house round the clock.

A day after Hadiya's video plea asking to save her life emerged, Kerala’s State Women Commission directed the Kottayam Superintendent of Police to conduct necessary inquiries and submit a report on the 25-year-old’s current condition.