Hadiya case: SHRC orders probe into allegations of human rights violation, calls it ‘a serious issue’

September 3, 2017, 8:00 pm
Hadiya case: SHRC orders probe into allegations of human rights violation, calls it ‘a serious issue’
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Hadiya case: SHRC orders probe into allegations of human rights violation, calls it ‘a serious issue’

Hadiya case: SHRC orders probe into allegations of human rights violation, calls it ‘a serious issue’

The Kerala State Human Rights Commission (SHRC) on Sunday ordered an enquiry into the allegations that Hadiya, whose conversion to Islam and marriage are under NIA probe, is undergoing serious human rights violation. The acting chairman of the commission P Mohandas has directed Superintend of Kottayam police to oversee the investigation.

The commission's direction came on the complaint filed by Muslim Youth League state Vice President Sayyid Munavvar Ali Shihab.

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.

The commission observed that it is a serious issue that the rights of Hadiya are being violated in the name of the high court order. The commission said there should be a detailed investigation into the matter.

Last week, a group of women were barred from visiting the house of Hadiya in Kottayam district of Kerala. The group allege that the neo-convert is undergoing grave human rights violations and added when they reached in front of the house, Hadiya was yelling for help through 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 members who visited the house said earlier.

Her husband has also said that Hadiya sent him a text asking for help. The message reads: “Plz help me by hadia@akhila”. He also said that Hadiya got in touch with him a few days ago and told him she was under the confinement of RSS. Shafin too claimed that Hadiya’s house arrest is a violation of her fundamental rights.

Member of the commission K Mohankumar will hear the plea in a sitting in Kottayam soon, the SHRC said.