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Hadiya case: SC upholds marriage, raps Kerala HC order; top 10 developments

Love Jihad. Courtesy News18 Love Jihad. Courtesy News18
Charlie Simmons | 09 March, 2018, 09:29

The Supreme Court has nullified the high court order that had cancelled the marriage between Sheffin Jahan and Hadiya, who is allegedly a victim of Love Jihad.

The high court's order had put the spotlight on "love jihad", a controversial term coined by fringe outfits to describe cases of what they believe are forced marriages between Muslim men and Hindu women.

It has been a long road for Hadiya and Jahan, who met through a matrimonial website and got married in 2016.

The Kerala Police and the NIA has stated that Shahana and Musthafa were communicating with Hadiya before her conversion. He said he would continue his legal battle and claimed NIA was continuing with its probe because it was convinced Shefin was a terrorist.

"Will consider filing a review petition", he told reporters, reacting to the ruling by the apex court bench.

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The apex court had in August previous year asked the NIA to probe the case of conversion and marriage of Hadiya, as the agency claimed a "pattern" was emerging in Kerala.

Earlier, Hadiya's father had claimed before the Supreme 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". "Nothing remained for the court to decide after she expressed her will", an apex court bench said. The Bench said that there was a roving inquiry by the Kerala High Court into Hadiya's marriage.

Her family alleged she was brainwashed as part of an anti-Hindu conspiracy, prompting a lower court to annul the marriage. The court said when it interacted with Hadiya it found that she had exercised her free consent in getting married.

At the same time, the Supreme Court said the National Investigative Agency, which is probing allegations of a terror angle in Hadiya's marriage, could continue with its investigation.

The apex court had earlier allowed her to resume her Bachelors in Homeopatic Medicine and Surgery (BMHS) at a Salem-based college. Jahan moved the Supreme Court in August 2017, two months after the HC court order.

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