College students stage protest demanding freedom for Hadiya

Hadiya converted to Islam and is now under house arrest after her marriage was annulled by the High Court.

Published: 16th September 2017 01:22 AM  |   Last Updated: 16th September 2017 09:13 AM   |  A+A-

Students protesting in front of Maharaja’s College | Melton Antony

By Express News Service

KOCHI: Maharaja’s College students organised a protest on Friday in front of the college gate demanding freedom for Hadiya who converted to Islam and is now under house arrest after her marriage was annulled by the High Court. The protesting students were addressed by various activists campaigning for Hadiya’s freedom.The hour-long protest with around 50 students holding placards and raising slogans supporting Hadiya started at around 3 pm.

Addressing the gathering, Mrudhula Bhavani who was part of a group which tried to meet Hadiya at her house said, “Hadiya is under house-arrest and police officers are deployed at the house to prevent anyone from meeting her. She is desperate for freedom. People from across the state should come forward to support her. Only this can open the eyes of those who have confined Hadiya.”

Ishaq Ibrahim who recently won the college election contest under the ‘Fraternity’ party banner said the protest was not organised by any student political group, but by students who wish freedom for Hadiya. “We are not a political group. We are supported by people who agree a human rights violation has happened in Hadiya’s case. The sentiments supporting Hadiya will be spread to other college campuses as well,” he said.

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