New Delhi: The Supreme Court (SC) today adjourned the Kerala love jihad case for further hearing until March 8.
The apex court had yesterday refused to defer today’s hearing in the case as was requested by the father of Hadiya, who is the woman at the centre of the case.
The apex court is hearing a plea made by Hadiya’s husband, who has challenged a high court order annulling his marriage. The court is now to decide the validity of her marriage.
On Tuesday, Hadiya filed a 26-page affidavit in support of her husband in the SC.
Hadiya’s father claims she was misled into marrying Shafin Jahan. Hadiya was called Akhila before she married Jahan and converted to Islam.
The 24-year-old woman said in her affidavit to the SC that she embraced Islam of her own free will and wants to continue to live as a Muslim. She also said that Jahan had no role in her conversion and that he came into her life only after she embraced Islam.
The apex court had earlier allowed Hadiya to come out of her father’s custody to resume her Bachelors in Homeopathic Medicine and Surgery study from a Tamil Nadu college. She had pleaded for freedom from “the clutches” of her family.
She alleged that her father, being an atheist, was opposed to her decision to embrace Islam due to extraneous reasons and also accused NIA of misleading her by projecting Jahan as a terrorist.
“It appears to me that my father is under the influence of certain sections of people who are trying to use him. Otherwise, I do not see how my father, who is an atheist, would object to me changing my religion or marrying someone from a different religion,” she said.