Kerala love jihad: SC restores Hadiya’s marriage, sets aside HC order

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New Delhi Mar 8Supreme Court on Thursday restored the marriage of a Kerala-based woman, Hadiya, an alleged victim of ‘love jihad’ and also set aside the Kerala High Court order which had annulled her validity of the marriage.

However, SC said the National Investigating Agency’s probe into the alleged ‘Love Jihad ‘ phenomenon would be taken to a logical conclusion by the agency in accordance with the law.

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The Kerala High Court had cancelled Hadiya’s marriage with Shafin Jahan on a complaint by her father, who alleged that his daughter was a victim of ‘love jihad’, the term used by right-wing groups for accusing Muslim men of drawing Hindu women into relationships, converting them and eventually recruiting them for terrorism.

Hadiya, a homoeopathy student, was born Hindu and was named Akhila Ashokan by birth before she converted to Islam and changed her name.