Kerala ‘love jihad’ case: Consent of girl is prime, observes SC

New Delhi: The Supreme Court on Monday observed that the consent of the girl is prime in the Kerala ‘love jihad‘ case, adding that she is a major.

The Top Court asked the father to produce Hadiya on November 27, the next date of hearing in the case.

The Centre said parental authority can be invoked in cases where someone is manipulated or indoctrinated.

In a video that surfaced recently, Hadiya accused her father of hitting her daily, and that she might be killed soon.

“You need to get me out of here. I can be killed anytime, tomorrow or day after I am sure [sic]. I know my father is getting angry, he is hitting and kicking me,” said Hadiya.

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Earlier, the Kerala Government had told the Apex Court that the state police is effectively investigating the alleged ‘love jihad’ case of the state and hence, there is no need for the National Investigation Agency (NIA) to probe it.

In an affidavit, the state government informed the Apex Court that the state police is competent enough to investigate such crimes.

Recently, while hearing a matter, the Kerala High Court observed- “all inter-religious marriages cannot be termed love jihad”.

Last month, a group of people had submitted a petition to Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan and demanded a probe into the alleged unlawful incarceration of Akhila (Hadiya), the 24-year-old Vaikom native, who had converted to Islam after marriage to Shafin Jahan, 27.

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Four months ago, the Kerala High Court had sent Hadiya with her parents K.M. Asokan and Ponnamma after annulling her marriage with Jahan.

The case is under consideration of the Supreme Court now, which had ordered the NIA investigation into it.

ANI inputs