Hadiya will continue to pursue her education as Akhila Ashokan – the name she had before she converted to Islam – the principal of the Sivraj Homoeopathic Medical College in Salem, Tamil Nadu, said on Tuesday, PTI reported.
The Supreme Court had on Monday said that Hadiya, whose conversion from Hinduism to Islam and marriage to a Muslim man has sparked off a controversy, could continue her education at the Salem college and should live in the hostel during the duration of her course.
College principal G Kannan said Hadiya would be treated like any other student. He said no one except Hadiya’s parents will be allowed to meet her.
Deputy Commissioner of Police Subbulakshmi, who met the college administration, told reporters that adequate police protection would be provided to Hadiya who had arrived at the college around 7 pm.
Hadiya’s father Ashokan said that he had received permission to visit his daughter whenever he wanted to. “The court has not given anyone guardianship, including Shafin Jahan, of my child,” PTI quoted him as saying.
Welcoming the top court’s decision to allow his daughter to complete her studies, Ashokan said he believed in one religion and one god and would “not have a terrorist” in the family. “Hadiya does not have any idea about Syria, where she wanted to go after converting to Islam,” he said. “I cannot have a terrorist in the family.”