Hadiya tells Supreme Court

'I converted to Islam of my own will, want to live with husband Shafin': Hadiya in SC

I am a Muslim, will remain one, says Hadiya

She also said that Jahan had no role in her conversion and that he came into her life only after she embraced Islam.

She has also claimed that her husband, hailing from Kollam, was wrongly portrayed as a terrorist by the National Investigation Agency (NIA) and he has nothing to do with the Middle East-based terror group Islamic State.

She also stated that baseless and malicious propaganda was made by the investigating agency and by the evil forces that she was mentally not sound, and she had connection with IS. On November 27, 2017, the top court had ruled that Hadiya could pursue her homoeopathy studies under her previous Hindu name at Salem medical college in Tamil Nadu.

Hadiya also claimed that her father was under the influence of some people who had vested interests in the whole episode and therefore, action should be taken against such rogue elements and not against her husband who has nothing to do with the Islamic State. Soon after her father moved the Kerala High Court which later annulled the marriage, besides sending the woman back to her parents. However, the bench headed by Chief Justice Dipak Misra chose to hear Hadiya first and interviewed her in the open court. "I have been under confinement without the freedom that I am entitled to".

The Kerala high court had annulled the marriage terming it as an instance of "love jihad", following which Jahan approached the Supreme court. "I further pray that this Court may be kind enough to appoint my husband as (my) guardian", reads Hadiya's affidavit in the apex court.

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Later, the court chose to hear the major woman and interviewed her in the open court when she made an appeal for her freedom under the Constitution. "I most humbly pray that my entire liberty may kindly be restored", she said.

Hadiya recounted how leaders like Kerala BJP party president had visited her during the months of Kerala High Court-ordered "house arrest" in her parents' house to compel her to leave Islam.

"My father, who is an atheist, would not object to me changing my religion or marry someone from different religion".

She also requested the apex court to order appropriate compensation for all that she has been forced to suffer.

Last month, the Supreme Court observed that the National Investigation Agency (NIA) can not question the legitimacy of Hadiya's marriage.

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