Thiruvananthapuram, Nov 6: National Commission for Women Acting Chairperson Rekha Sharma on Monday met Hadiya, the Hindu woman who converted to Islam after marrying a Muslim, in Kerala. While reports playing a video of Hadiya claimed she was under threat, Sharma, after meeting the woman in the Kerala Love Jihad case said she was absolutely safe and sound.
“She is in good health and happy. Her security is under no threat,” Sharma said after meeting Hadiya. She also showed photos of Hadiya clicked from her mobile phone during the meeting.
Kottayam Superintendent of Police had last week submitted a report to Kerala Women’s Commission stating that Hadiya was guarded by police and there was no physical torture from her father’s side.
On October 31, the Supreme Court had observed that the consent of the girl is prime in the Kerala ‘love jihad’ case, adding that she is a major. The top court also asked the father to produce Hadiya on November 27, the next date of hearing in the case.
Hadiya’s father had said that he welcomes the decision to produce his daughter before the court on November 27. “I welcome the order of Supreme Court. I will produce Hadiya before the court on November 27. I don’t have any objection on my daughter marrying a man from other religion. But this is not a love marriage. The news that Hadiya is under house arrest is not correct. Two female police officers are with her 24×7,” Hadiya’s father said.
Shafin Jahan, a Muslim man, had filed a plea in the apex court for overturning a Kerala High Court order that annulled his marriage with a Hindu girl after she converted to Islam. The apex court had ordered an NIA investigation into it. Akhila Ashokan or Hadiya, a 25-year-old Hindu girl, had converted to Islam after marrying 27-year-old Shafin Jahan without her family’s consent.
Her father Ashokan KM had challenged the wedding in the Kerala high court and got the relationship annulled. Hadiya’s father had claimed that Muslim organisations were planning to take her abroad and make her join the Islamic State group.