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Kerala Women’s Commission chairperson M C Josephine has sought a report from the police after she was prevented from visiting Akhila alias Hadiya whose recent conversion to Islam triggered a row.
Twenty-four-year-old Hadiya is currently living with her parents here, who have alleged that her marriage to a Muslim man is a case of ‘love jihad’.
Kerala Women’s Commission (KWC) head M C Josephine on Tuesday said that Sharma’s statement will only tarnish the reputation of Kerala at the national level.
The National Commission for Women (NCW) Chairperson incharge Rekha Sharma on Monday said Hadiya’s case was not a ‘Love Jihad’ incident, but forced conversion.
The National Commission for Women's in-charge Rekha Sharma said that the issue of alleged "forced conversion" of girls in Kerala is getting serious.
The case is under consideration of the Supreme Court now, which had ordered the National Investigation Agency to look into it.
Kottayam SP submitted a report to Kerala Women's Commission stating that Hadiya, in Kerala's alleged love jihad matter, is guarded by police and there is no physical torture from her father's side.
While hearing the case, the Supreme Court on 30 October observed that the consent of Hadiya in the matter is prime.
Josephine said there were complaints from some sections that the Commission had not done anything to inquire about the condition of Hadiya.
The Additional Solicitor General submitted that this was a case in which the woman has been indoctrinated and hence the court can invoke parental authority even if she was a major.
Hadiya's father denied his daughter was under house arrest and said he will produce her before the Supreme Court on November 27 as directed.
The SC bench asked advocate Shyam Divan, representing the father of the woman, to ensure that she is produced that day for interaction with the bench, which is likely to ascertain her mental stage.
Four months ago, the Kerala High Court had sent Hadiya with her parents K.M. Asokan and Ponnamma after annulling her marriage with Shafin Jahan.
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