I am a Muslim, will remain one, says Hadiya

Kerala conversion case Hadiya asks Supreme Court to allow her to live with her husband

Hadiya said that her husband Shafin Jahan should be appointed her guardian | PTI

Hadiya, the woman from Kerala who converted from Hinduism to Islam and married a Muslim man, on Tuesday filed an affidavit before the Supreme Court seeking permission to live with her husband Shafin Jahan, Live Law reported. Mr. Shafin Jahan (the petitioner in the above special leave petition) is my husband, I want to continue to live as wife of my beloved husband Mr. Shafin Jahan and that I embraced Islam and married him on my own free will.

Hadiya's father Ashokan had approached the Kerala High Court claiming that Muslim organisations planned to make her join the Islamic State group, and that Jahan was involved in terror activities. I was denied the right to even contact anybody or to possess or use a phone. "I further pray that this Court may be kind enough to appoint my husband as (my) guardian", reads Hadiya's affidavit in the apex court. I most humbly pray that this Hon'ble Court may be pleased to allow us to live together as and wife.

The Supreme Court is taking up the Hadiya case on Thursday.

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Now that it looks like the Courts aren't going to swing his way in the ongoing case deciding the validity of Hadiya's marriage to Shafin Jahan, Ashokan has chose to form a "love jihad collective". Later, the Court chose to hear the major woman first, and interviewed her in the open court when she made an appeal for her freedom like every other individual was entitled to under the Indian Constitution.

In November 2017, too, Hadiya had claimed that she was not forced to convert to Islam. "Otherwise, I do not see how my father, who is an atheist, would object to me changing my religion or marrying someone from a different religion", she said. And as always, he reiterated to the media his belief that Hadiya's marriage was not valid.

On the Kerala High Court's decision to hand over her custody to her father, and the subsequent "house arrest", Hadiya stated, "the same (annulment) was...done despite the absence of any such prayer in the writ petition...and giving me against my will to the custody of the writ petitioner (my father), who kept me in house arrest since 24.5.2017 (date of impugned order) to 25.11.2017 till this Hon'ble Court directed that I be released..." The court had told the NIA, which is investigating the matter, to continue with its probe into any criminality in the marriage, but not to intrude into it. "They (NIA) can not investigate into the marital status", the top court had observed.

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