Women’s Commission Chief Meets Hadiya; Says It’s Not a Case of Love Jihad But ‘Forced Conversion’

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Rekha Sharma, Chairperson of the National Commission for Women, meets Hadiya at her home in Kochi on Monday. Image credit: NCW India

After the NCW chairperson’s visit, NCW tweeted: “Concerned for #Hadiya’s safety NCW CP @sharmarekha met her in #Kochi this afternoon. She is well and NCW will provide details in its report.” Talking to the media after meeting Hadiya, Rekha Sharma said: “It is not love jihad, but forced conversion…Her security is under no threat.”

Caravan Daily

KOCHI — In a first sign of retreat from the government’s stated view on the Hadiya case, the National Commission For Women, a constitutional body of the central government, on Monday said that Hadiya’s case is not of love jihad but “forced conversion.” The Supreme Court of India has ordered her father to produce her before the court on 27th Nov.

NCW chairperson Rekha Sharma met Hadiya known as Akhila before conversion at her home here on Monday amidst reports about her falling health and threats to her security.

After the NCW chairperson’s visit, NCW tweeted: “Concerned for #Hadiya’s safety NCW CP @sharmarekha met her in #Kochi this afternoon. She is well and NCW will provide details in its report.”

Rekha Sharma, Chairperson of National Commission for Women, meets representatives of Muslim women’s organisations in Kochi on Monday. Image credit: NCW India

Talking to the media after meeting Hadiya, Rekha Sharma said: “It is not love jihad, but forced conversion…Her security is under no threat.”

In Kochi, she also met Kerala Muslim women’s representatives.

Akhila came close to some Muslims while studying homeopathy in Salem, Tamil Nadu. She reportedly made Muslim friends and began to follow Islam. In January 2016, her father Ashokan Mani, a retired CRPF personnel, filed a petition in the Kerala High Court alleging that she had been forcibly converted. Akhila appeared before the court and denied the allegation and her father’s petition was dismissed.

Also See: KERALA ‘LOVE JIHAD’ CASE: SUPREME COURT SAYS CONSENT IS PRIME, TO HEAR HADIYA ON NOVEMBER 27

In July 2016, Akhila changed her name to Hadiya after formally converting to Islam. In August 2016, her father filed a second petition in the same court. This time he alleged that some Muslim organisations were brainwashing her and planning to send her abroad to join the terrorist group ISIS.

She again appeared before the court and refuted all the allegations. Meanwhile, in December 2016, she married a Muslim man, Shafin Jahan. When the court came to know about it, it annulled the marriage and sent her first to a women care centre and then to her parents’ home where she has since been confined to.

Her husband challenged the Kerala High Court order annulling their marriage in the Supreme Court in August 2017. The apex court ordered the NIA to probe the case and rejected the plea to hear Hadiya first. However, in the last hearing (on October 30) the apex court ordered Hadiya’s father to produce her before the court for the next hearing on November 27.

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