In an unusual interim order, the Supreme Court on Monday sent Hadiya to Salem in Tamil Nadu to complete her education in homoeopathic studies.
Hadiya, who had married Shafin Jahan, after converting to Islam, appeared in person to testify in a case that the NIA is investigating to find a love jihad angle in. She told the court in Malayalam that her father and Kerala High Court had confined her to house arrest for 11 months now adding that she wanted to set free and pursue her studies.
Speaking to Janta Ka Reporter, renowned Supreme Court lawyer, Salman Khurshid, said that he was disappointed by the Supreme Court’s interim order saying that it wasn’t the court’s duty to decide who an adult should choose as his or her life partner.
A bench headed by Chief Justice Dipak Misra directed the Kerala police to provide Hadiya with security and ensure that she travelled to Salem at the earliest, reported PTI.
Hadiya has been staying at her parental home for several months after the Kerala High Court astonishingly annulled her marriage with Jahan on the pretext of love jihad.
The bench, also comprising Justices A M Khanwilkar and D Y Chandrachud, had directed Hadiya to be present in the court to testify in person. Before leaving Kerala, she had once again reiterated her desire to remain a Muslim. Her father had argued that Hadiya did not have mind of her own.
During the hearing which went for over-two hours, the she said that she wanted to go with her husband Shafin Jahan.
The top court fixed the hearing on Jahan’s plea against Kerala HC order annulling his marriage with Hadiya to third week of January next year.
Jahan had on 20 September approached the apex court seeking recall of its order directing the NIA to investigate the controversial case of conversion and marriage of a Hindu woman with him.
The top court had on 16 August directed the NIA to probe the incident under the supervision of retired apex court judge, Justice R V Raveendran.