Hadiya also urged the top Court to order appropriate compensation for her agonies and sufferings because of the false propaganda.
NEW DELHI — The 24-year-old woman from Kerala, Hadiya, formerly Akhila, who had married a Muslim man called Shafin Jahan after embracing Islam, has filed an affidavit before the Supreme Court on Tuesday seeking the permission of the Court to live with Shafin Jahan as husband and wife.
In the affidavit, filed through Advocate Sayid Marzook Bafaki, Hadiya has categorically stated that she embraced Islam and married to Shafin Jahan on her own free will.
“I embraced the faith/religion of Islam on my choice as per my conscience and on my own free will after studying about Islam and thereafter I married a person, namely Shafin Jahan, the Petitioner herein, from the same faith as per my choice and on my own free will. However, despite the fact that I submitted repeatedly on affidavit, through my counsel and also in person, as the case may be, before the Hon’ble High Court of Kerala that I made the above choices (of my religion and my life-partner) on my own free will, the Bench of the High Court did not heed to my submissions”, she prayed in the affidavit.
“I most humbly pray that my entire liberty may kindly be restored to me. Mr Shafin Jahan (the petitioner in the above special leave petition) is my husband, I want to continue to live as wife of my beloved husband Mr Shafin Jahan and that I embraced Islam and married him on my own free will. I further pray that this Hon`ble Court may be kind enough to appoint my husband as guardian. I most humbly pray that this Hon’ble Court may be pleased to allow us to live together as husband and wife. Therefore, I most humbly pray that this Hon’ble Court may be pleased to allow the above Special Leave Petition by setting aside the impugned judgment passed by the Hon’ble High Court”.
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She also stated that baseless and malicious propaganda was made by the investigating agency and by the evil forces that she was mentally not sound, and she had connection with IS.
“The baseless and malicious propaganda being made by the investigating agency and by the evil forces behind my father that I am mentally not sound, that I have connection with IS and the media trial on these allegations would detrimentally affect my future and career as a Doctor, causing irreparable heavy injuries and loss to me. As per my faith, I believe that my obligation to my parents is invaluably and indeterminably huge; I don’t hate them; I have not left them in the lurch nor would I ever do so.
“Being my parents, I shall not denounce them. I could not go home even after completion of my studies in Islam only because my parents were insisting me to return to home by giving up my belief in Islam .I wish to live and die only as an Indian citizen, and nobody has got any authority to challenge the said right of mine. Some personnel of the NIA behaved with me with a prejudice as if I am a criminal or a terrorist. All those wanton horrendous sufferings were meted out to me not for any fault of mine, but for having exercised, on my own free will, my fundamental rights guaranteed under the Constitution of India to believe in the religion of my choice as well as to marry the person of my choice”, Hadiya said in the affidavit.
She also urged the Court to order appropriate compensation for her agonies and sufferings because of the false propaganda.
In an earlier verdict on the Kerala ‘love jihad’ case in January this year, the Supreme Court declared that an adult woman has the right to live freely and choose a life of her choice.
Hadiya, a BHMS student of Sivaraj Homeopathy College in Salem resumed her studies in November last year after the Supreme Court allowed her to complete her studies.
Registered with her original name Akhila Ashokan, Hadiya was forced to discontinue her studies at the institute after a major row erupted over her conversion to Islam and marriage to Shafin.
(With inputs from livelaw.in)