Salem: Hadiya, alias Akhila, a Kerala woman whose conversion to Islam and subsequent marriage to Shafin Jahan triggered a national controversy, on Wednesday pleaded that her plight should not be communalized.
"Please don't communalize my plight. Please look at it as a matter of citizen's rights. Don't mix religion and caste with this," she said.
Two days after the Supreme Court freed the Kerala woman from her parents' custody and sent her off to study, Hadiya on Wednesday said she was still not free.
"I am still not able to meet or speak to the person I like. I am still not free," Hadiya told reporters in Salem.
The 25-year-old was brought to Salem amid tight security by the Kerala police from Coimbatore, as per the directives of the Supreme Court.
Hadiya said she had no contact with Jahan for the past few months as she did not have a mobile phone and the only people she spoke to were her parents.
"I don't know anything - all these months I had been living without phone, TV. I don't know anything about the happenings around me.
"You should understand what all I had to go through, when I say even my guardians said I was mentally unstable. They were torturing me mentally and even forced me to convert back.
“For the past six months, I was talking to people (parents) I did not like. I was being harassed during my stay with them," she told reporters at the Sivaraj Homeopathy Medical College, where she will be undergoing a 11-month internship.
On the facilities available in the college hostel and the security arrangements, Hadiya said the authorities themselves were ambiguous about the limits to her 'freedom', adding that she would answer all their (media) questions in another two days.
She further said she would be able to communicate better with the media persons after receiving the copy of the Supreme Court order.