By Muslim Mirror Staff,
New Delhi: In a landmark decision Hadiya, a Kerala woman at the center of a religious conversion row, was freed from her parents’ custody by the Supreme Court Tuesday.
‘It is (for) Hadiya to decide about her marriage said’ said the Apex Court during the hearing of one of the most ‘controversial’ case of conversion case in recent times .
The National Investigation Agency (NIA) is expected to file a new charge sheet with the statements of Hadiya’s husband, Shafin Jahan.
A bench headed by chief justice Dipak Misra will hear the case. The 25-year-old Hindu woman from Kerala had converted to Islam and married a Muslim, Shafin Jahan. But the marriage was annulled by the Kerala High Court and Hadiya was put in her parents’ custody.
“It is (for) Hadiya to decide about her marriage. If she says she has no issues (with Shafin Jahan), that’s the end of the issue,” said Justice D.Y. Chandrachud. When her father’s counsel said that he is concerned about her and her welfare, Chief Justice said: “No, she is a major (adult).”
“When the girl says I don’t want to go with father, how can the court compel? She is an adult. She appeared and made the statement,” the apex court said.
A three-judge bench headed by Chief Justice of India Dipak Misra was hearing the case. Other two judges of the bench were Justices A.M. Khanwilkar and Justice D.Y. Chandrachud.