Kerala HC says ‘All inter-faith marriages can’t be termed love jihad’

Legal News, Nation, (Cochin), October 11:-The Kerala High Court” on Tuesday while hearing the Hadiya case observed that ‘all inter-religious marriages cannot be termed love jihad’.

Kerala High Court observes- “all inter-religious marriages cannot be termed love jihad”, while hearing a matter on Tuesday. The Hadiya case is one in which a Hindu woman was allegedly forced to convert to Islam and marry a Muslim man.

Earlier on October 7, the Kerala government told the Supreme Court (SC) that an investigation by the National Investigation Agency (NIA) was not needed in the case as the state police was efficient enough to carry out the inquiry. In an affidavit, the state government informed the Apex Court that the state police are competent enough to investigate such crimes.

The government had earlier said that it had no problem with the NIA probe.

Last month, a group of people had submitted a petition to Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan and demanded a probe into the alleged unlawful incarceration of Hadiya, the 24-year-old Vaikom native, who had converted to Islam after marriage.

Four months ago, the Kerala High Court” had sent Hadiya with her parents K M Asokan and Ponnamma after annulling her marriage with Shafin Jahan. The case is under consideration of the Apex Court now, which had ordered the NIA investigation into it.

Hadiaya’s husband Shafin, on September 16, had filed a plea in the Apex Court and requested to call off the NIA probe, alleging that the investigation agency ‘is not being fair.’

Hadiya, formerly Akhila Ashokan, converted to Islam and married Shafin Jahan in 2016. In May, the Kerala High Court”t had annulled the marriage, acting on a petition filed by her father, who claimed that Muslim organisations planned to take her abroad to get her to join the Islamic State group.

-(NAV, Inputs: Agencies)

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