A 24-year-old Hindu woman from Kerala, Hadiya, who converted to Islam to marry, arrived at the Supreme Court to give her statement, on Monday. Her decision to convert has kicked up a countrywide debate over individual liberties and now called “love jihad”. she told that she converted religion as her own will and now she wants to live with her husband Shafin Jahan. “I am a Muslim. I was not forced. I want to be with my husband,” she shouted as she was being taken inside the airport.
Last December, Hadiya who was born in Akhila Ashokan, married Shafin Jahan without her family consent. Then in May Hadiya’s father, Ashokan KM, retired military man, approached the high court, alleging in his petition that there was a “well-oiled systematic mechanism” trapped his daughter by converting her in the Islamic religion. The SC said that before examining the issue of love jihad it would have to know that if Hadiya had voluntarily converted to Islam.
In August after her husband challenged the Kerala High Court’s decision of annulment and gave Hadiya’s custody to her father, the Supreme Court had asked the National Investigation Agency (NIA) to probe the matter. Shafin Jahan said about the High Court decision that it was an insult to the independence of women in the country.