A group of women on Wednesday were barred from visiting the house of Hadiya, whose conversion to Islam and marriage is being probed by the National Investigation Agency (NIA). The five member team, who reached Hadiya’s house in Kottayam district of Kerala to hand over some books and sweets were denied permission by her parents. The group allege that the neo-convert is undergoing grave human rights violations. The women team said, when they reached in front of the house, Hadiya was yelling for help though a window.
“Hadiya was shouting through a window for help and she said she was being physically attacked. It is a grave human rights violation. It's now nearly three months since a woman of 25 is being put under house arrest,” one of the team member who visited the house said.
According to reports, the local police who reached the spot have detained a youth whose wife was also among the women’s team. The activists further alleged that the cops manhandled them at the spot.
It is also to be noted that a right-wing activist Rahul Easwar was allowed to visit the home and record selfies with the family of Hadiya a few weeks back.
The case concerns Hadiya’s conversion to Islam and her subsequent marriage to a Muslim man Shafin Jahan. In a judgment rendered on 25 May this year, a Division Bench of Kerala High Court had called her marriage a “sham”, and had annulled it, directing her return to the protective custody of her Hindu parents. Against this Shafin Jahan approached the Supreme Court.
When Hadiya’s parents denied permission to meet their 25-year old daughter, the women staged a protest by tying cloths around their mouths. While the team was in discussion with the parents outside the house, Hadiya came near the window and said she is being assaulted and pleaded for help. The parents did not even allow the women to hand over the gifts they had brought.
The incident has stirred up a fresh debate on the case with several netizens expressing concern over the alleged rights violation on social media.
The latest development comes a day after former Supreme Court judge Justice RV Raveendran has turned down the request by the Apex Court to oversee the investigation by the NIA in the Hadiya case. The apex court, on 16 August, had asked Raveendran to oversee the NIA probe into Kerala resident Hadiya’s conversion to Islam and her marriage with a Muslim named Shefin Jahan.