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'Love jihad' case: I'll go by Supreme Court verdict, says father

31 October 2017

Denying that he has kept Hadiya Shefin - who converted to Islam - under house arrest, father KM Ashokan said he will produce his 24-year-old daughter in front of Supreme Court on November 27. "We may further add that this court shall speak to her not in camera but in open court", a bench of Chief Justice Dipak Misra and Justices A M Khanwilkar and D Y Chandrachud said.

The court was hearing a petition by Hadiya's husband, Jahan, which said the high court order was an "insult to the independence of the women of India as it completely takes away their right to think for themselves".

The Kerala Government had earlier told the Supreme Court that the state police is effectively investigating the alleged "love jihad" case of the state and hence, there is no need for the National Investigation Agency (NIA) to probe it. The marriage of Akhila Ashokan, who had converted to Islam and changed her name to Hadiya, to Shafin Jahan was annulled by the Kerala High Court.

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The proceedings in what has come to be called the Kerala love jihad case, on Monday, saw high voltage arguments being put forth by senior advocates Shyam Divan and Kapil Sibal and Additional Solicitor General Maninder Singh - each of them trying hard to pursue their respective stands in the matter.

The Centre said parental authority can be invoked in cases where someone is manipulated or indoctrinated.

In a video released recently by Rahul Easwar, Hadiya had said she was certain she would be killed soon. We will not send the girl with her husband after speaking with her.

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As a result, it is not clear why the Supreme Court has extended her stay in Ashokan's home in Kotayam until November 27. There is no law stating that a person can't marry a criminal. My father is getting angry, I can make out.

The NIA told the court that there is a pattern and it had found 89 cases of indoctrination in Kerala. "They have students, preachers, psychologists etc and they radicalize impressionable minds.The question is do courts respond to such radicalization or do they remain silent?"

The top court also directed the police in the southern state to present Hadiya in the court in New Delhi on November 27.

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'Love jihad' case: I'll go by Supreme Court verdict, says father