Supreme Court hearing the case of Hadiya conversion case, a controversial incident in Kerala, popular as "Kerala's love jihad case," has questioned the verdict that led to the cancellation of the woman’s marriage to a Muslim. Chief Justice of India Dipak Misra also added that 24 year old “Hadiya cannot be controlled by her father” alone. “A father can’t have control over 24-year-old girl. It might send the girl to a custodian or an organisation,” the top court said.
In August, Chief Justice JS Khehar was part of a bench that orderd the NIA, to examine if Akhila Ashokan, converted Hadiya, had been lured into marrying a Muslim man as part of a conspiracy by terrorist groups to recruit vulnerable young Hindu women when Hadiya’s father alleged that 27 year old Shafin had links to the ISIS and had forced his daughter into conversion.
Hadiya married Shafin Jahan in May after he returned to India from the Middle East. The marriage was cancelled on the basis of a petition by Hadiya's father, KM Ashokan, and she was ordered to return to her family. Many activists alleged that she was being tortured by her family and were not allowed to see or talk to her when they went to meet her at her house.
Shafin jahan challenged the verdict of the Kerala High Court and approached SC requesting court to order NIA to examine their marriage. Both Hadiya and Shafin, who are trained homepaths clarified at the High Court that they met through an Islamist matrimonial site.
NIA were looking into if Shafin married Hadiya as part of ‘love jihad’ at a time when more than 20 people have been reported as missing after moving to Syria or Afghanistan to fight with ISIS.
"Love jihad" is a term coined by Hindu right-wing groups to allege an Islamist strategy to convert Hindu women via first romance and then marriage.