I embraced Islam and want to live with husband Shafin Jahan: Hadiya tells SC

New Delhi: Hadiya a Kerala woman is at the centre of an alleged love jihad case on Tuesday filed an affidavit in the Supreme Court saying that she that I embraced Islam and wants to live her as a Muslim with Shafin Jahan as husband and wife.

Hadiya filed the affidavit before Supreme Court through advocate Sayid Marzook Bafaki.  In the affidavit, Hadiya stated:

“I embraced the faith/religion of Islam on my choice as per my conscience and on my own free will after studying about Islam and thereafter I married a person, namely Shafin Jahan, the Petitioner herein, from the same faith as per my choice and on my own free will. However, despite the fact that I submitted repeatedly on affidavit, through my counsel and also in person, as the case may be, before the Hon’ble High Court of Kerala that I made the above choices (of my religion and my life-partner)on my own free will, the Bench of the High Court did not heed to my submissions”, reiterated in her petition.

“I most humbly pray that my entire liberty may kindly be restored to me. Mr. Shafin Jahan (the petitioner in the above special leave petition) is my husband, I want to continue to live as wife of my beloved husband Mr. Shafin Jahan and that I embraced Islam and married him on my own free will. I further prays that this Hon`ble Court may be kind enough to appoint my husband as guardian. I most humbly pray that this Hon’ble Court may be pleased to allow us to live together as and wife. Therefore, I most humbly pray that this Hon’ble Court may be pleased to allow the above Special Leave Petition by setting aside the impugned judgment passed by the Hon’ble High Court,” reported livelaw.in.

Born as Akhila Ashokan, Hadiya converted to Islam and married Jahan while still studying in homeopathy medical college. Shafin Jahan had on 20 September approached the apex court seeking recall of its order directing the NIA to investigate the controversial case of conversion and marriage of Hadiya.

The Kerala high court had annulled the marriage terming it as an instance of ‘love jihad’, following which Jahan approached the Supreme court.