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Conversion case: Now, Hadiya's father alleges bid to fly her to Yemen

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Conversion case: Now, Hadiya's father alleges bid to fly her to Yemen Hadiya at Supreme Court. File photo

New Delhi: In a fresh allegation, the father of Hadiya, aka Akhila, who has been at the centre of a conversion row, told the Supreme Court that there were attempts to fly his daughter to Yemen.

In an affidavit submitted to the top court, Asokan said the bid failed after Hadiya's friend Ambili dissuaded her from going to the Arab country. He said there were attempts to marry his daughter off to one Fasil Mustafa, who is already married, and send her to Yemen. He also sought a probe into the episode.

Asokan's latest allegations come at a time when the Supreme Court is scheduled to hear on Thursday the case relating to Akhila's conversion into Islam and marriage with Kollam native Shefin Jahan.

The Supreme Court had last month asked if a roving inquiry could be ordered into the "issue of consent" between two adults who married at will and if the Kerala High Court order annulling the marriage of Hadiya was justified.

Hadiya, the 25-year-old woman Vaikom native, had on Tuesday filed an affidavit before the top court claiming that she willingly converted to Islam and wants to live with her husband Jahan.

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The matter had come to fore when Jahan had challenged the Kerala High Court's order annulling his marriage with Hadiya and sending her to her parents' custody.

On November 27 last year, the apex court had freed Hadiya from her parents' custody and sent her to college to pursue her studies, even as she had pleaded that she should be allowed to go with her husband.

Senior advocate Shyam Divan, appearing for Hadiya's father, said it was a case of vulnerable adults and the high court was justified in nullifying the marriage by exercising its power under Article 226 of the Constitution.

"In this case, marriage was used as a pretext to keep it out of the court's jurisdiction," Divan said.

Hadiya had urged the court to set aside the judgement of the Kerala High Court that had annulled the marriage terming it an instance of 'love jihad'.

The top court had earlier ordered an NIA probe into a "pattern" where some women were allegedly being converted to Islam.

Later, the court decided to hear the woman and interviewed her in an open court when she made an appeal for her freedom under the Constitution.

In her affidavit, the woman told the court that "horrendous sufferings" were meted out to her for converting to Islam and marrying a Muslim man.

The apex court had on January 23 made it clear that the National Investigation Agency cannot probe the marital status of Hadiya and Jahan.

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