Published: Sat, March 10, 2018
World News | By Laverne Osborne

Love beats 'jehad'! SC restores Hadiya marriage

Love beats 'jehad'! SC restores Hadiya marriage

Salem: Hadiya expressed happiness and satisfaction in the Supreme Court verdict which restored her marriage to Shefin Jahan.

On a petition from Hadiya's father Asokan, Kerala High Court had annulled the marriage last May on the ground that Hadiya, who is in her mid-20s, had been brainwashed into marriage and radicalised.

"(MENAFN - Colombo Gazette) wp-image-124264" src="https://i2.wp.com/colombogazette.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/03/98963201_mediaitem98963200.jpg?resize=253%2C142" alt=" width="253" height="142" data-recalc-dims="1" / An Indian woman at the centre of an inter-religious marriage row may now live with her husband, the Supreme Court has ruled.

The National Investigation Agency (NIA), which examined so-called cases of "love jihad" at the order of the Supreme Court in connection with the Hadiya case, found that four of the 11 cases it looked at involved Hindu men converting to Islam or being convinced to convert to Islam to marry Muslim women.

Jahan had moved the apex court after the Kerala high court annulled the marriage. "She appeared before this court and admitted her marriage with Shafin Jahan", added the Bench.

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"We clarify that the investigation by the NIA in respect of any matter of criminality may continue in accordance with law", the court said.

The case of Hadiya, who converted to Islam and married Shedfin Jahan, was one of the 11.

Out of 89 cases speculated, 11 cases of love jihad were confirmed said Kerala Police Chief Loknath Behera which was further sent to NIA and Hadiya's case was among the 11 confirmed love-jihad case. "The court has asked for the NIA probe to continue as the larger question we raised is that Shafin Jahan is a terrorist", he told the media at his house near Kottayam in Kerala.

"Presently National Investigation Agency is not an impartial body (but) still good and honest officers are serving in it who I personally know", said Shareef, HT reported. However, while probing such cases, a delicate balance has to be maintained between upholding an individual's right to choose her faith and a partner and unearthing any possible organised terror link unknown to the targeted person. "We can't allow the test of reasonableness to the legality of marriage", he said. Neither Hadiya nor Shafin was present in court.

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