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Love-jihad case: Supreme Court restores Hadiya's marriage

Love-jihad case: Supreme Court restores Hadiya's marriage

"She (Hadiya) had come before the court and said that she had married him (Jahan)".

The Supreme Court has restored the marriage of Hadiya, the center of the Kerala love jihad controversy, Thursday afternoon.

Mar 8: SC restores Hadiya's marriage with Shafin Jahan, sets aside Kerala HC's annulment order. The High Court had annulled the marriage and directed Hadiya to return to the custody of her parents. Appearing for the NIA, lawyer Maninder Singh had submitted to the Supreme Court that the probe has nearly been completed.

The case saw a major twist in December 2016 when Hadiya told the Kerala High Court that she had married Shefin Jahan on December 19, 2016. This is a case where the Kerala HC had decided that a 24-year-old woman was "weak" and "vulnerable" because she didn't excel in academics. To now say that Hadiya is free to do as she pleases is incomplete justice.

The apex court said that it arrived at the decision after speaking to Hadiya, who had said she had willingly entered into the marriage with Shafin, Bar & Bench tweeted.

While the SC verdict is being celebrated, the very fact that the top court of the country had to step in to rule that marriage between two consenting adults is valid is worrisome.

Talking to ANI, Hadiya's father's lawyer said, "Hadiya's father has filed an affidavit today in the Supreme Court".

Federal investigators had accused the man of being a recruiter for militant group Islamic State, also known as Isis, in an incident they called "Love Jihad". Yet, one can not lose sight of the fact that Hadiya was repeatedly humiliated, her liberty restricted by the courts without any justification in law, shunted from one place to another, and treated like chattel.

Five months later in May 2017, the court nullified Hadiya's marriage and sent her back to the custody of her parents.

On November 27 a year ago, the apex court had freed Hadiya from her parents' custody and sent her to college to pursue her studies, even as she had pleaded that she should be allowed to go with her husband.

Any father will be concerned and scared to marry of his daughter to a terrorist.


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