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Hadiya's father to approach SC against college allowing husband to meet her

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Hadiya's father Hadiya's father Ashokan speaking to the media in Delhi on Monday: Screengrab

Kochi: Hadiya's father Ashokan has said he will approach the Supreme Court against the decision of G Kannan, the principal of the Sivaraj Homeopathy Medical College, allowing her to meet Shafin Jahan, her husband.

Hadiya, alias Akhila, a Hindu Kerala woman whose conversion to Islam and subsequent marriage to Shafin Jahan, a Muslim, triggered a national controversy, was granted 'freedom' by the Supreme Court from a 11-month-long house arrest at her Vaikkom house in Kerala and allowed to join college to complete her medical internship.

On Tuesday, when Hadiya was just reaching the college, Kannan had said that no one other than her parents will be allowed to meet Hadiya whereas Hadiya expressed her wish to meet her husband.

She had also said that the Tamil Nadu police, in charge of her security has assured her that she will be allowed to meet him.

Speaking to the media after learning about the decision of the college principal, Ashokan said his daughter was not a curio to be exhibited.

He also reiterated his claim that Shafin Jahan is a terrorist and said the court had sent the young woman to college to ensure her safety and future education.

Ashokan also said that Hadiya had committed contempt of court by speaking to the media.

Hadiya had earlier addressed the media at her Salem college and said she wished to meet her husband Shafin, whom she referred to as a 'someone who loved her'.

She also said that she had no sense of the happenings around her as she was denied access to news, television and mobile phones for the past eleven months.

Hadiya who had converted to Islam to marry her Muslim husband, faced an unprecedented hurdle in her marriage when her father approached the High Court and got her marriage annulled.

The court also ordered an NIA investigation into the conversion row.

His claim was that the young woman had been brainwashed, radicalized and converted to Islam and Shafin was merely a stooge.

Shafin had approached the Supreme Court for reprieve which ordered Hadiya be presented in person for the hearing on November 27.

The court had on Monday ordered that the 24-year-old can rejoin college and continue her education as Akhila, her name when she secured admission in the college.

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