SC to hear Hadiya in open court on Nov 27

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If there are really 89 such cases in Kerala, suggesting a pattern of indoctrination and radicalisation as suggested by the NIA, investigators must bring out the truth.

The court said, "We will examine if she is able to give her free consent and express her choice".

The court had earlier ordered the NIA to probe if this was a case of love jihad. The investigation agency also told the court that Hadiya case is an example of 'psychological kidnapping'.

However, the CJI refused to budge from the decision, insisting that in a case involving a marital relationship, a court can not annul marriage and send the girl back to her father. The bench observed that the court can not take a decision based on public opinion and ordered state government to continue with providing security to the girl. "If we suspect any indoctrination, this court has powers to direct her detailed examination by appropriate authorities".

Hadiya, 24, who was born Akhila Ashokan, converted to Islam from Hinduism and married Shafin Jahan, a Muslim man, in December 2016.

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India's Supreme Court on Monday said that consent of an adult for marriage is prime - a verdict that women's rights activists have been waiting for.

The top court's observations on Monday however, provided some succour to Jahan.

Four months ago, the Kerala High Court had sent Hadiya with her parents K.M. Asokan and Ponnamma after annulling her marriage with Shafin Jahan. We will speak to her in open court, the court observed.

She said that the case paints an entire minority community as "aggressors and manipulators", referring to allegations of "Love Jihad". The NIA said when a person is indoctrined to hate her own religion and parents, there is little to determine whether free will was exercised. There is no law stating that a person can't marry a criminal. Today or tomorrow, I am going to die. "You need to get me out.I will be killed anytime", she said in the video. My father is getting angry, I know. It was alleged that the woman was recruited by Islamic State's mission in Syria and Jahan was only a stooge. After Misra as chief justice took over, the court's position changed.

Hadiya's husband Shafin Jahan has expressed great happiness in this recent development.

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