Kerala Women's Commission Denied Permission To Meet Hadiya

Hadiya's movements are being strictly monitored and restricted by her parents since the Kerala High Court annulled her marriage to a Muslim man last year.

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Kerala Women's Commission Denied Permission To Meet Hadiya

25-year-old Hadiya's marriage to Shafin Jahan, 27 was annulled by the Kerala High Court earlier this year

Thiruvananthapuram:  The Kerala women's commission says it has once again been denied permission to visit 25-year-old Hadiya, at the centre of a nationwide controversy after her conversion to Islam and marriage with a Muslim man.

Hadiya's movements are being strictly monitored and restricted by her parents since the Kerala High Court annulled her marriage to a Muslim man last year.

According to Hadiya's statement before the court, she had willingly converted into Islam and married a Muslim man while she was still a student.

Kerala State Women's Commission chairperson M C Josephine visited Hadiya's home today to ensure her safety during her journey to Delhi.

Following a petition filed in the Supreme Court by Hadiya's husband Sheffin Jahan, the top court had ordered Hadiya to appear before it on November 27 and present her version of events.

Ms Josephine had already requested Hadiya's family to travel to Delhi by air and offered to pay for the tickets on behalf of the commission.

"However Hadiya's father declined this offer and said that the details regarding the travel cannot be revealed... Currently only people permitted by her father can visit the girl. This is unacceptable in the case of a 24-year-old woman. This has to change", Ms Josephine said.

The Commission has asked for a report from the district police chief regarding the travel arrangements and safety measures adopted for Hadiya's transit to Delhi.

Akhila Ashokan, who prefers to be known as Hadiya, is a 25-year-old woman trained as a homeopath. Her father, Ashokan KM, had argued that his daughter married 27-year-old Shafin Jahan who has links with the ISIS. 

Hadiya, however, had testified before the Kerala High Court that she had converted to Islam of her own free will and that she met Shafin Jahan through an Islamist matrimonial site.

Based on her father's claim and ignoring Hadiya's testimony, the Kerala High Court annulled the marriage in May this year and ordered her to return to live with her parents in Kottayam.

Shafin Jahan then appealed to the Supreme Court in July, arguing that the marriage is one between consenting adults and cannot be dissolved at the insistence of her family.

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