The court also questioned an earlier order passed by a bench led by former CJI JS Khehar that constituted a NIA probe into the marriage and alleged forced conversion.

Bhadra Sinha
Hindustan Times, New Delhi
Hadiya (24), a Hindu convert, married a Muslim youth Shefin Jehan, a Gulf returnee, in December 2016.
Hadiya (24), a Hindu convert, married a Muslim youth Shefin Jehan, a Gulf returnee, in December 2016. (File Photo)

The Supreme Court questioned on Tuesday a federal anti-terror probe it ordered last month into an alleged forced conversion and marriage of a Kerala woman, a U-turn in a case that has sparked nationwide controversy and deepened religious faultlines.

In a hearing, Chief Justice of India Dipak Misra questioned a Kerala high court order in May that annulled the marriage between Hadiya, who converted to Islam, and Shafin Jahan.

Hadiya, who was born as Akhila Ashokan, is in her father’s custody in Thiruvananthapuram, with many activists alleging that she is being tortured by her family.
“A father can’t have control over 24-year-old girl. It might send the girl to a custodian or an organisation,” the top court said. It also questioned an earlier order passed in August by a bench led by former CJI JS Khehar that constituted a National Investigation Agency probe into the marriage and alleged forced conversion.
Hadiya’s father alleges she was forcefully converted by organised groups with links to terrorist agencies.
The case put spotlight back on the controversial “love jihad,” a term coined by some fringe Hindu outfits to describe cases of what they believe are forced marriages between Muslim men and Hindu women. Though the presence of the “love jihad” is still disputed, Kerala police had warned about a well-organised syndicate that funded and supported the conversion of young women to the Muslim community many years ago.

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Kerala ‘love jihad’: SC questions high court order annulling Hadiya’s marriage

The court also questioned an earlier order passed by a bench led by former CJI JS Khehar that constituted a NIA probe into the marriage and alleged forced conversion.

INDIA Updated: Oct 03, 2017 12:24 IST

Bhadra Sinha
Bhadra Sinha
Hindustan Times, New Delhi
Hadiya (24), a Hindu convert, married a Muslim youth Shefin Jehan, a Gulf returnee, in December 2016.
Hadiya (24), a Hindu convert, married a Muslim youth Shefin Jehan, a Gulf returnee, in December 2016. (File Photo)

The Supreme Court questioned on Tuesday a federal anti-terror probe it ordered last month into an alleged forced conversion and marriage of a Kerala woman, a U-turn in a case that has sparked nationwide controversy and deepened religious faultlines.

In a hearing, Chief Justice of India Dipak Misra questioned a Kerala high court order in May that annulled the marriage between Hadiya, who converted to Islam, and Shafin Jahan.

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