Hadiya, the woman from Kerala who converted from Hinduism to Islam and married a Muslim man, on Saturday said that the controversy surrounding her was the result of her decision to convert. The Supreme Court on Thursday restored Hadiya’s marriage to Shafin Jahan, and set aside a May 2017 order of the Kerala High Court that had annulled the union.
Hadiya on Saturday claimed that some Muslim organisations had failed to support her when she approached them with her desire to convert to Islam, The New Indian Express reported. “Both Jamaat-e-Islami and Tarbiyyath refused to help me,” she said. “Only the Popular Front of India stood by my side and helped us fight the case legally in the apex court.”
“I am really happy now. I am free today,” Hadiya said of the Supreme Court verdict. “I have been longing to see the people whom I love to meet. I would like to express my sincere gratitude to the Popular Front of India for standing by my side when others sidelined me or refused to help me.”
Hadiya’s husband Shafin Jahan said the couple would have to return to Chennai after three days as Hadiya had to continue her studies.
While the top court restored Hadiya’s marriage, it also allowed the National Investigation Agency to continue their inquiry into the allegations of forced conversions. Hadiya’s father Ashokan has said that Muslim organisations planned to force her to join the Islamic State group, and that there was an attempt to take her to Yemen in 2017. He has also claimed that Jahan is a terrorist.