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Kerala love jihad case: Supreme Court adjourns hearing till Mar 8

By Deepika
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    The Supreme Court on Thursday adjourned the Kerala love jihad case for further hearing until March 8. The Apex Court had on Wednesday refused to defer hearing in the Kerala love jihad case as was requested by the father of Hadiya, who is the woman at the centre of the case.

    Hadiya

    Hadiya's father had requested the Chief Justice of India Dipak Misra to defer Thursday's hearing, but the court did not accept the petition.

    Earlier on Tuesday, Hadiya had filed an affidavit in the Supreme Court stating that she is a Muslim and wanted to remain as a Muslim. She also stated that she wanted to remain the wife of Shafi Jahan. Hadiya was known as Akhila Ashokan before she converted.

    In the affidavit, Hadiya has categorically stated that she embraced Islam and married to Shafin Jahan on her own free will.

    In November last year, Shafin Jahan, husband of Hadiya, filed a complaint with the police, alleging that attempts are being made to reconvert his wife to Hinduism, ahead of her appearance in the Supreme Court.

    Shafin claimed that his wife was counselled by a religious teacher for over three hours to change her religion back to Hinduism.

    Born Akhila, the girl converted to Islam and married Jahan while still studying. Her father had opposed her marriage and the NIA is probing the case of 'Love Jihad' in Kerala.

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