Kerala Woman Hadiya's Case Not 'Love Jihad,' Says Activist Who Shot Videos


It had then said that the court would talk to her after the NIA probe was over.

On Monday, the apex court ordered that Hadiya before it by November 27. The Kerala High Court's annulment of her marriage is wholly without jurisdiction.

Meanwhile, the Kerala government had on 7 October told the Supreme Court that its police had conducted a "thorough investigation" into her conversion and subsequent marriage to Jahan and did not find material warranting the transfer of probe to the NIA.

The Supreme Court will meet Akhila, aka Hadiya -the 24-year-old at the centre of the alleged love jihad instance from Kerala - on November 27 in a bid to ascertain for itself whether she had converted to Islam and married Shafin Jahan of her own "volition and desire". "She should not be confined in this manner, only a criminal can be", Supreme Court lawyer Karuna Nundy told Al Jazeera.

The concept of love jihad involved referred to an emerging pattern of Hindu women being lured by Muslim men who were allegedly agents of terrorist groups looking for recruits.

"Having heard learned counsel for the parties, we are inclined to modify the order of August 16 and accordingly direct the presence of the daughter of the first respondent at 3.00 PM on November 27".

He said that as far as marriage is concerned "it is her personal consent".

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"The Hadiya case is fast emerging as one case I have been watching with growing discomfort and anger", said activist Harnidh Kaur.

The National Investigation Agency, represented by Additional Solicitor General Maninder Singh, said there was well-oiled machinery working in the state and they are indulging in the indoctrination and radicalisation of the society in the state where as many as 89 cases of similar nature have been reported.

"To even assume there's some sort of "Love Jihad" is atrocious, and to think that the SC continues this charade of paying heed to the idea is extremely disheartening". The arguments were countered by equally pointed, often curt, observations by the apex court bench.

"You have to get me out". I will be killed anytime, tomorrow or the day after, I am sure. My father is getting angry, I know.

"I have information that gross violations are being committed, that Hadiya is being sedated by her parents on a daily basis".

However, Easwar said that the full video has not been released because it contains excerpts involving communal issues.