Women's panel to submit Hadiya report in SC

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The issue pertained to Akhila, alias Hadiya, a 26-year-old Hindu woman whose conversion to Islam and subsequent marriage to a Muslim youth has triggered a national debate on whether "love jihad", deceptive conversion, was a political truth or a social myth.

In the latest development in the Kerala "love jihad" case, the Supreme Court on Tuesday said it will examine as to whether High Court can annul the marriage by exercising its writ powers.

He has also claimed that the woman has made it clear that she had accepted Islam on her own free will and after the May 24 order of the high court, she has been detained against her will and her rights have been violated.

The Court then proceeded to adjourn the case for October 9.

The issue had reached the apex court as Kerala-native Shafin Jahan challenged the annulment of his marriage by the Kerala High Court that ordered the state police to probe such cases.

In compliance with the orders of the apex court, the case was re-registered by the NIA and an investigation was taken up.

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According to sources, Hadiya, who was known as Akhila before conversion, is holed up at her house near Kottayam, forcibly by her parents.

The Cheif Justice also observed that Hadiya's custody could not be offered to her father, suggesting that she was an adult.

The senior lawyer questioned the apex court order asking the NIA to probe saying that neither the father, nor the state and neither the NIA was in appeal against the high court order.

"This NIA probe shakes the very foundation of this multi-religious country". She has also confessed in the video, "ask my father and mother, whether they torture and abuse me for following my religion and its practices".

As per TV reports, CJI Dipak Misra questioned how the SC (under Justice Khehar) had asked for a NIA (National Investigating Agency) probe in the case. "Your lordships have gone beyond the jurisdiction and expanded the proceedings by ordering NIA probe", he said. The bench said: "Either we will appoint loco parentis or we will send her somewhere safe".

Hadiya's marriage to Jahan was annulled by the High Court following a petition by her parents.

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