The Kerala State Women’s Commission on Sunday decided to approach the Supreme Court in the controversial Hadiya case.
Chairperson MC Josephine told the media that the Commission would now approach the apex court with a petition seeking permission to visit 25-year-old Hadiya, a woman who converted from Hinduism to Islam last year, and married a Muslim named Shafin Jahan.
The marriage was annulled by the Kerala High Court following a petition from her parents.
The Commission’s decision comes after it received a number of complaints and pleas by activists, urging the commission to inquire into the alleged human rights violations happening with Hadiya.
The Commission through its petition wants permission from the court to allow them to visit Hadiya and then prepare a status report and submit it to the court.
A delegation of people from various sections of the society had called upon Josephine earlier and submitted a memorandum to her to intervene in the case.
Josephine then consulted legal luminaries and other officials and decided to approach the apex court with a petition if her rights as a woman were violated.
Visitors have been barred from visiting Hadiya at her residence, which is guarded by the police.
Earlier this week, a group of women activists including activist and associate professor of Women’s Studies at the Thiruvananthapuram-based Centre for Development Studies Devika Jayakumari, visited the Chairperson in Thiruvananthapuram and submitted a petition seeking intervention.
After Hadiya’s marriage to Muslim man Shafin Jahan was annulled by the Kerala HC, the latter filed a special leave petition with the SC.
The apex court then intervened and asked the National Investigation Agency (NIA) to probe the marriage after doubts were raised about this being a case of “love jihad”. Shafin has in turn pleaded with the Supreme Court to cancel the NIA probe.