India's top court upholds marriage in alleged case of 'Love Jihad'

India's top court upholds marriage in alleged case of 'Love Jihad'

The Supreme Court in India has ruled that an Indian woman who has been embroiled in an inter-religious marriage row may now live with her husband.

Earlier the day, a Supreme Court bench headed by Chief Justice Dipak Misra had asked the NIA to continue their probe but without interfering in the marriage of Hadiya in the infamous Kerala "love-jihad" case.

The apex court had in August a year ago asked the NIA to probe the case of conversion and marriage of Hadiya, as the agency claimed a "pattern" was emerging in Kerala.

Meanwhile, Hadiya's father KM Asokan said he would consider moving a review petition in the Supreme Court against its judgement setting aside a Kerala HC order annulling her marriage. "However, despite the fact that I submitted repeatedly before the Kerala High Court that I made the above choices on my own free will, the HC did not heed to my submissions", she said. The High Court had annulled the marriage and directed Hadiya to return to the custody of her parents.

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By Kunzes GobaHadiya and Shafin Jahan. "Hadiya is at liberty to pursue her endeavours". "I will try to convince the court about it once again", he said.

Hadiya was known as Akhila Asokan before she converted. During the hearing, the CJI added that he had never come across such a case before and said that they can not go into the neurological aspect of the consent by a sound adult mind.

It was only in January this year that the top court put Hadiya and Jahan's marriage out of the purview of the NIA, saying the investigative body could not question its validity even as it continued with its "forced conversions racket" probe. The probe into the cases of Love Jihad by a well oiled network in Kerala would however continue, the Bench said.

The NIA was previously asked by the apex court to investigate allegations that the a terror angle was involved in Hadiya's conversion to Islam and subsequent marriage to Shefin Jahan. In August 2010, after completing school, she went to Salem to study.

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