Salem college principal says Hadiya cannot meet husband, venture out alone

Hadiya, whose conversion to Islam and marriage to Shafin Jahan in Kerala triggered a national controversy, on Wednesday said she needed total freedom and wanted to meet her husband.

Hadiya, who was Akhila Asokan earlier, arrived in Salem on Tuesday evening escorted by police on the directions of the Supreme Court.

The court had permitted her to pursue her Bachelors in Homeopathic Medicine and Surgery course at a private college where she had enrolled some years ago and dropped out in 2015 after her marriage.

Hadiya told journalists at the Sivaraj Homeopathic Medical College and Research Institute, about 10 km away from Salem, that she was asking only for her fundamental rights She had made a plea to the court for freedom. “Till now I did not get the freedom I wanted,” she said.

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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 had told media persons at the Kochi airport.

She was at the college to complete the formalities for submitting an application to the Tamil Nadu Dr. M. G. R. Medical University to which the college is affiliated, for ‘condonation of the break of studies period’ to enable her to resume the internship.

Since the college needed further clarity on the Supreme Court order, she needed to wait for a few more days it took a final decision on her request.

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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.

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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