Salem: Hadiya, the Kerala woman at the centre of a religious conversion row, has expressed happiness over the Supreme Court verdict that restored her marriage with Shafin Jahan.
"Really happy with the verdict. I am trying to return home at the earliest," Hadiya, aka Akhila, said as she got off a college bus at Salem, where she is pursuing a homeopathy course.
However, she said she would interact with the media later. The Supreme Court had on Thursday restored the marriage of Hadiya, who had converted to Islam and entered wedlock with a Muslim man, after setting aside a Kerala High Court order. The apex court had also ruled that no court can interfere in the marriage of two consenting adults.
Pulling up the Kerala High Court for annulling Hadiya's marriage to Shafin, the apex court observed that Article 226 gives the extraordinary power to high courts to protect the constitutional rights and not to scuttle them.
The Kerala High Court had on May 24, 2017, termed Hadiya's marriage a 'sham' and annulled it, directing her to return to her parents.
Shafin then moved the SC against the High Court verdict.
Hadiya, who appeared before the apex court on November 27, said she wanted 'freedom' to live with her husband, and the SC had directed the 25-year-old to return to the homeopathy college to continue her studies.
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