NEW DELHI: The Supreme Court on Monday asked Hadiya, a 24-year old woman from Kerala who converted from Hinduism to Islam, to return to a homeopathy college in Salem to complete her studies, freeing her from the custody of her parents.
A bench led by Chief Justice of India Dipak Misra, however, didn’t say anything on her husband Shafin Jahan’s plea against a Kerala high court order annulling their marriage. The matter, which has come to be known as the “love jihad” case and has a bearing on inter-religious marriages and a woman’s right to choose her partner, will now be heard in January.
“I want freedom… I want to complete my studies and live my life according to my faith and as a good citizen,” Hadiya said, when asked if she wanted to go back to college. The court told the college to allow her to complete an internship and the Kerala Police to ensure she joined the institute in Tamil Nadu at the earliest.
Hadiya’s marriage to Jahan was struck down on May 24 and her custody given to her parents, who challenged the relationship in the Kerala high court on the grounds that it was part of a systematic conversion drive.
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