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Hadiya Hadiya, a Kerala woman at the center of a religious conversion row, at Supreme Court. Photo: Manorama

Coimbatore/Salem: Hadiya, who is at the center of a religious conversion case, will continue to pursue her studies under Hindu name Akhila Ashokan, principal of the college said Tuesday.

Amid tight security, Hadiya arrived here from New Delhi to proceed to Salem to resume her education at the college as directed by the Supreme Court on Monday.

She was not permitted to speak to the media at the airport in Coimbatore.

Accompanied by the Kerala police, she later left for the Sivaraj Medical College in Salem by road, to undergo an 11 month internship in Homeopathy.

A Supreme Court bench headed by chief justice Dipak Misra had given the direction Monday after interacting with her.

Meanwhile, college Principal G Kannan said Hadiya will be treated as a routine on-campus student and that no special treatment will be accorded to her.

She will be registered under her Hindu name Akhila Ashokan in the college, he told reporters in Salem, adding that she will not be allowed any visitors barring her parents.

The apex court has appointed the dean of the college as Hadiya's guardian and granted him liberty to approach it in case of any problem.

The bench, comprising Justices A M Khanwilkar and D Y Chandrachud, had directed the college and the university to re-admit Hadiya and grant her hostel facilities.

Meanwhile, deputy commissioner of police Subbbulakshmi, who held a meeting with college authorities in Salem, told reporters that adequate protection will be given to the woman.

During the court hearing, Hadiya said she wanted to go with her husband Shafin Jahan and that he will take care of her education expenses.

Jahan had on September 20 approached the apex court seeking recall of its order directing the NIA to investigate the controversial case of conversion and marriage of Hadiya, originally a Hindu woman who converted to Islam.

The Kerala High Court had annulled the marriage, following which Jahan had approached the Supreme court.

The top court had on August 16 directed the NIA to probe the incident under the supervision of the retired apex court judge, Justice R V Raveendran.

The woman, a Hindu, had converted to Islam and later married Jahan. It was alleged that the woman was recruited by Islamic State's mission in Syria and Jahan was only a stooge.

Hadiya was in the custody of her parents for almost six months after the Kerala High Court had on May 29 anulled her 'nikah' with Jahan.

Ashokan K M, the father of the woman, has alleged that there was a "well-oiled systematic mechanism" for conversion and Islamic radicalization.

Earlier today, Ashokan welcomed the SC decision allowing his daughter to pursue her studies.

"Hadiya does not have any idea about Syria, where she wanted to go after converting to Islam... I cannot have a terrorist in the family," he added.

Ashokan also said he was sad that his daughter had to undergo such "unpleasant experiences because of which her studies were interrupted."

"But now I am happy as the court has allowed her to study further," he told reporters in Delhi.

Ashokan said he was not worried about Hadiya's security in Salem, as she was now under the protection and observation of the apex court.


Read more at: Latest in Kerala | Hadiya's Salem college principal says no visitors barring parents

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