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Principal says no visitors barring parents, Hadiya wants to meet husband

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A day after SC freed her from parents' custody, Hadiya all set to fly to Coimbatore At Salem, arrangements are being done at the college hostel for Hadiya. File photo: Reuters

New Delhi: A day after the Supreme Court order that reassured her freedom, Hadiya, a Kerala woman at the center of a religious conversion row, has reached the Sivaraj Homoeopathic Medical Colleges and Research Institute in Salem.

Once she reached the college campus, her security has been taken over by the Tamil Nadu police from the Kerala police. Speaking to the media after reaching Salem, the 24-year-old said that she wished to meet Shafin Jahan, her husband.

She also said that she doesn't need full time security, eventhough the college authorities said that she will remain in tight security cover for a few days.

Hadiya also said that the police have assured her she can meet Jahan for a day.

Having landed at Coimbatore, Hadiya was taken to Salem by road. However, her parents did not accompany her to Salem, they instead left for Kochi.

At Salem, arrangements are being done at the college hostel for Hadiya. Though Hadiya will be getting hostel facilities like other students, she will be having a strong security cover of the Tamil Nadu police. Security personnel, including women cops, will ensure her safety and security.

While it was believed earlier that visitors will be allowed to meet Hadiya, college principal Dr. G Kannan Tuesday said that only the woman's parents will be allowed to meet Hadiya in college.

Shafin Jahan, Hadiya's husband, had earlier said that he will seek legal advice before deciding to visit Hadiya at the hostel.

The Supreme Court didn't accept Hadiya's plea to allow her to go with her husband. The court also didn't reject the submissions of the NIA.

In fact, the apex court said that while Hadiya is continuing her studies, the NIA can go ahead with its investigation. When the case is again heard in January, these aspects of the case are likely to be come up before the court.

Hadiya was asked to be present in the SC on Monday to ascertain her views on her marriage to a Muslim man, Shafin Jahan. Her parents have alleged it is a case of 'forced conversion'.

Her father, Ashokan, has alleged that she was a pawn in the larger scheme of indoctrinating and recruiting of ISIS recruits. Earlier, the Kerala High Court had nullified her marriage to Jahan and she was put in the custody of her father.

Shafin Jahan had challenged the Kerala High Court order, nullifying his marriage with Hadiya and sought recall of the court order asking NIA to investigate the conversion of Hadiya to Islam and her marriage.

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