Kerala convert case: College says Hadiya to continue studies under Hindu name Akhila

A Kerala woman, who is at the centre of an alleged ‘love jihad’ case, will continue to pursue her studies under Hindu name Akhila Ashokan, principal of the college said on Tuesday.

The woman, a Hindu, had converted to Islam and later married Shefin Jahan. It was alleged by her family that the woman was recruited by Islamic State’s mission in Syria and Jahan was only a stooge.

Hadiya was in the custody of her parents for almost six months after the Kerala High Court had on 29 May anulled her ‘nikah’ with Jahan.

Ashokan KM, the father of the woman, has alleged that there was a “well-oiled systematic mechanism” for conversion and Islamic radicalisation. Earlier on Tuesday, Ashokan welcomed the Supreme Court decision allowing his daughter to pursue her studies.

The apex court has appointed the dean of the college as Hadiya’s guardian and granted him liberty to approach it in case of any problem. She was earlier staying at her parental home in Kochi for several weeks.

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Hadiya, earlier known as Akhila Ashokan, had said that she is a Muslim and nobody forced her to convert to Islam.

“I want justice. I married Shefin Jahan and converted to Islam as per my wish and nobody has forced me to do so. I want to live with my husband,” Hadiya told media persons at the Kochi airport on Saturday.

Chaotic scenes prevailed as mediapersons, who tried to approach her, jostled with the policemen after she reached the airport.

Accompanied by her parents K M Ashokan and Ponnamma and a police team including women personnel, she left for Delhi amid tight police security to appear before the Supreme Court on Monday.

Though Ashokan and family had earlier planned to go to Delhi by train, the police asked them to take a flight in the wake of security threats.

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Hadiya’s husband Shefin Jahan had on 20 September approached the apex court seeking recall of its order directing the NIA to investigate the controversial case of conversion and marriage of Hadiya.

She was not permitted to speak to the media at the airport in Coimbatore.

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