Kerala 'love jihad' case: Hadiya to appear in Supreme Court today

WION Web Team New Delhi, Delhi, India Nov 27, 2017, 03.07 AM(IST)

The Kerala High Court had annulled Hadiya's marriage and ordered the National Investigation Agency to probe whether it had been a case of 'love jihad'. Photograph:( ANI )

Kerala woman, Hadiya, who is in the midst of Love Jihad controversy, will depose before the Supreme Court on Monday to tell her side of the story.

"I am a Muslim. I want to go with my husband. Nobody forced me to convert," shouted Hadiya as she was rushed by her parents and security personnel to board a flight to Delhi amid tight security on Sunday.

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Hadiya, originally a Hindu, converted to Islam and married a Muslim man Shafin Jahan.

The National Investigation Agency (NIA), which is probing the case has alleged that Hadiya was indoctrinated and she may be incapable of giving free consent to her marriage.

The NIA had said there was a well-oiled machinery working in Kerala that has indoctrinated and radicalised her. 

As many as 89 cases of similar nature have been reported from the southern state, Additional Solicitor General Maninder Singh, who is representing the NIA, told the top court.

Meanwhile, senior advocate Kapil Sibal, counsel for Shafin Jahan, had opposed the NIA's submission and that of the woman's father.

Advocate Shyam Divan, representing Hadiya's father KM Ashokan recently said that whatever she said "could not be accepted at face value".

The lawyer said that Hadiya's behaviour with her family was not normal and what she told the press could not be taken as "her own free comments".

"What Hadiya is saying cannot be accepted at its face value because she was made to say so, and that is our impression. Her behaviour with her family was not normal. Whatever she has said to the media cannot be taken as her own free comments," the lawyer told ANI.

A Supreme Court bench comprising Chief Justice Dipak Misra and Justices A M Khanwilkar and DY Chandrachud had asked Hadiya's father's advocate to ensure she is produced before them to ascertain whether she had married of her own free will.