Kerala: Reacting to the Supreme Court’s verdict on the controversial Kerala love Jihad case, father of Hadiya said he welcomes the decision to produce his daughter before the court on November 27.
The apex court observed that the consent of the girl is prime in this regard, adding that she is a major. Speaking to media here, Hadiya’s father K M Ashokan said, “I welcome the order of Supreme Court. I will produce Hadiya before the court on November 27. I don’t have any objection on my daughter marrying a man from other religion. But this is not a love marriage”.
“The news that Hadiya is under house arrest is not correct. Two female police officers are with her 24×7,” he informed. Earlier in the day, the court has asked Ashokan to produce Hadiya on November 27, in the next date of hearing in the case. The top court said parental authority can be invoked in cases where someone is manipulated or indoctrinated.
The Kerala Government had earlier told the Supreme Court that the state police is effectively investigating the alleged ‘love jihad’ case of the state and hence, there is no need for the National Investigation Agency (NIA) to probe it. In an affidavit, the state government informed the court that the state police is competent enough to investigate such crimes. Recently, while hearing a matter, the Kerala High Court observed: “All inter-religious marriages cannot be termed love jihad”.
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.