Supreme Court upholds Hadiya's marriage with Muslim man, quashes Kerala HC order

Supreme Court upholds Hadiya's marriage with Muslim man, quashes Kerala HC order

The 24-year-old, Hindu-born, has been in the headlines after she married a Muslim man Shafin Jahan and converted to Islam.

A three-judge bench of Chief Justice Dipak Misra and Justices AM Khanwilkar and Chandrachud pronounced the judgment today.

Shafin Jahan, Hadiya's husband, had challenged a Kerala High Court order annulling his marriage with her and sending Hadiya to her parents' custody.

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The Supreme Court allowed Hadiya alias Akhila, to be freed from her father's custody and resume her studies at a Salem-based homeopathic college after she repeatedly pleaded that she wanted the freedom to make her own choices. In a judgment rendered on 25 May a year ago, a Division Bench of Kerala High Court had called her marriage a "sham", and had annulled it, directi... Her marriage with Shafin Jahan can not be annulled.

Earlier this week, Hadiya's father KM Asokan claimed before the apex court that his efforts prevented his daughter from being transported to "extremist-controlled territories" of Syria to be used as a "sex slave or a human bomb".

But the court said the National Investigation Agency (NIA) would continue its probe into the criminal dimension of the case, if any.

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The NIA was previously asked by the apex court to investigate allegations that the a terror angle was involved in Hadiya's conversion to Islam and subsequent marriage to Shefin Jahan.

According to NewsMinute, during the hearing, the Supreme Court bench reiterated that the court can not intervene in the case of a marriage between two consenting adults. The NIA, on the other hand, has said that its probe into the matter is nearly complete.

The court made it clear that the NIA could continue with its investigation but without interfering in their married life. She also sought for permission to live as Jahan's wife.

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"After I filed a habeus corpus petition, the high court ordered that she should live with her family". The Supreme Court had also said that the Dean of the university will act as her local guardian there.

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