India Supreme Court restores inter-religious marriage annulled by lower court

India Supreme Court restores inter-religious marriage annulled by lower court

The case concerns Hadiya's conversion to Islam, and her subsequent marriage to a Muslim man Shafin Jahan.

The Kerala High Court had annulled Hadiya's marriage with Shefin Jahan in May 2017 after her family alleged that she was kidnapped and forced to convert to Islam for the objective of terror recruitment calling it a case of Love Jihad.

SC seeks reply of National Investigation Agency (NIA) and Kerala govt on a plea of Shafin Jahan challenging HC order annulling his marriage with Hadiya.

In November, the Supreme Court had said that Hadiya can leave her parents' house and go back to college in Tamil Nadu.

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. Hadiya told the court that she faced mental harassment in the past 11 months under the custody of her parents. No one has the locus to challenge marital status of two consenting adults. The apex court deemed the high court order bad in law and held that Hadiya had married out of her own free will.

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The Supreme Court has asked the NIA to continue with the investigation and asked Hadiya to continue with her studies.

Denying Hadiya's allegations that she was misled to portray her husband as a terrorist and that she was treated like a criminal, the NIA said that her allegations were "misconceived, entirely baseless, incorrect". The Supreme Court then ordered an NIA probe in the incident.

Feb 20: Hadiya files affidavit in SC saying she had willingly converted to Islam and wanted to remain a Muslim. The Bench said that there was a roving inquiry by the Kerala High Court into Hadiya's marriage.

"When I filed the habeas corpus at the court, my daughter was not married. I want to be with my husband", the 25-year-old woman, wearing a headscarf, shouted to media persons as she was being taken inside the Nedumbassery airport in Kochi amid tight security.

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