Kerala 'love jihad': The curious case of Hadiya aka Akhila

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Hadiya born Akhila Ashokan married Shefin after converting to Islam.

Earlier, the Supreme Court, in a strong observation, had said that the National Investigative Agency (NIA) can not probe the marriage of an adult woman "who married out of her own free will".

Shafin Jahan, Hadiya's husband, had challenged a Kerala High Court order annulling his marriage with her and sending Hadiya to her parents' custody. Suspecting his daughter to be a victim of "love jihad", her father approached the Kerala High Court seeking nullification of the marriage, which the court conceded. SC orders Kerala Police to share with NIA the probe details of the case described by the HC as an instance of "love jihad".

The court, however, allowed the National Investigation Agency to continue their inquiry into the allegations of forced conversion in the case. Kapil Sibal, who, in the triple talaq case argued that triple talaq should not be abolished, was appearing for Hadiya and brilliantly defending her liberty.

Earlier this week, Hadiya's father KM Asokan told the top court that his efforts prevented her from being transported to "extremist-controlled territories" of Syria to be used as a "sex slave or a human bomb".

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The court further added that she can't be compelled to go or live with anyone.

An Indian woman at the centre of an inter-religious marriage row may now live with her husband, the Supreme Court has ruled.

He was responding to an affidavit filed by his Kerala-based daughter Hadiya.

"Today's Supreme Court verdict is not complete".

But the supreme court allowed the agency to continue its investigation, begun in 2015, of the alleged radicalisation of young Hindus in Kerala, which sends tens of thousands of workers to the Middle East, as a potential hotbed for Islamic State recruitment. The apex court deemed the high court order bad in law and held that Hadiya had married out of her own free will.