Hadiya, the 26-year-old woman from Kerela who had converted to Islam and married a Muslim was at the centre of an alleged love jihad controversy, on Tuesday filed an affidavit in the Supreme Court claiming that she has embraced Islam of her free will and wants to live with her husband Shafin Jahan.
The affidavit comes just two days ahead of the crucial hearing in the Supreme Court on her husband Shafin Jahan’s plea against the Kerala high court order annulling their marriage.
Hadiya has also stated in her affidavit that despite Supreme Court orders freeing her from her parent’s custody, she still continues to be under the surveillance of police.
Hadiya, born Akhila and a Hindu, converted to Islam in January 2016. She married Shafin Jahan in December of the same year. In May 2017, the Kerala high court invalidated their marriage in a highly controversial order. In August, Shafin Jahan filed a petition in the Supreme Court.
On 27 November 2017, the apex court freed Hadiya from her parents’ custody and sent her to college to pursue her studies, even as she pleaded to be allowed to go with her husband. The court took the decision after interacting with her.
In January 2018, the Supreme Court said her marriage can’t be challenged.
In her affidavit, Hadiya has hit out at the National Investigation Agency (NIA) claiming that the anti-terror agency treated her as a terrorist.
Hadiya has also requested the court to consider granting her compensation for the harassment she has suffered at the hands of police and the National Investigation agency saying, “Court may be pleased to order that I shall be paid proper compensation by those concerned and the State as well for the agonies and sufferings, to which I was subjected.”
Hadiya has also attacked NIA saying that the agency had launched a “baseless and malicious propaganda that I am mentally not sound, that I have a connection with Daesh (ISIS)”