THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: Women’s Commission chairperson M C Josephine has welcomed the Supreme Court’s decision to hear Hadiya, a Hindu girl formerly known as Ahkhila, who converted to Islam and subsequently married a Muslim man. In a statement, Josephine said the Commission had become a party to the case with the objective of making the girl’s voice heard in court. Josephine added that the Commission will ensure that the girl is not subjected to any form of coercion when she appears in court.
Josephine said there were complaints from some sections that the Commission had not done anything to inquire about the condition of Hadiya. However, the head of the Commission’s inquiry wing had personally met the girl and submitted a report on her condition, Josephine said.
The Commision chairperson said the women’s panel had sought a report from the district police chief of Kottayam on complaints that Hadiya was subjected to torture at home. “The Commission will make suitable interventions on the basis of the report,” she added. “Let the Supreme Court deliver the final judgement in the Hadiya case. But there are complaints that the protection provided by her father amounts to denial of her rights. The girl should enjoy freedom and should not be bound by the shackles under the garb of protection,” Josephine said.