Kozhikode, Mar 13: Hadiya, whose marriage to a Muslim youth was termed as a case of “love jihad”, on Monday asked the Kerala government to compensate for the two years she lost after a Kerala High Court annulled her marriage to Shafin Jahan and sent her to her parents’ house. Also Read - 'Ensure Complete Compliance', Supreme Court Grants One More Month to Govt For Giving Permanent Commission To Women Officers in Army
Responding to the reports of her compensation demands to her parents, she said, “There were some reports in the media that I demanded compensation from my parents. That is absolutely wrong. I sought compensation from the state government.” Hadiya was speaking at a press conference. Also Read - SC Draws up Yogi Govt on Over 50 Girls Found COVID +ve in Kanpur Shelter Home, Asks to Report by July 10
“My legal struggle lasted roughly for two years and the six months I spent with my parents were horrible. I was literally under house arrest. I lost two precious years of my life. I don’t think my parents would want to harm me but they were under the influence of some anti-national forces,” she was quoted as saying by Times of India. Also Read - SC Junks Plea on 'Favouritism' by Registry, Imposes Rs 100 as Cost
On being asked what “anti-national” forces she was referring to, Hadiya said, “They are using them (parents) for political benefits.” (Also Read: No more controversies over me, says Hadiya)
Narrating her two-year experience, she said that the police who were deployed at the house were obedient to the visitors who often advised her to return to Sanatana Dharma. “They didn’t take my complaints seriously,” she said.
On being asked if her mother had tried to poison her, an allegation in the affidavit filed in the Supreme Court, Hadiya said that she stands by all that she has said.
The Supreme Court on March 8 restored Hadiya’s marriage setting aside a nine-month-old order of the Kerala High Court. The top court, however, clarified that the National Investigation Agency (NIA) may go ahead with the investigation with respect to any criminality.
Speaking at a press conference, Hadiya on Monday thanked the Supreme Court for allowing her to reunite with her husband. “I am happy that I got freedom now. I approached Supreme Court for two things. One, I want to live as a Muslim and second, I want to live with my partner,” Hadiya said.
She further said, “I totally ignored outside happenings when I was at home. When I came out after six months, it was a new world.”