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Hadiya still Akhila at College on her way to Salem


November 28

Hadiya alias Akhila who on Monday won a moral battle for freedom of choice in the Supreme Court is on way to her college in Salem and is expected to arrive today.

But she is yet to establish contact said the college authorities.

A girl from Vaikom in Kerala, she joined the Shivaraj Homeopathic Medical College and Research, Institute Salem as A.Akhila. Even as she was a student she converted to Islam and married Shafin Jahan against parental consent. The marriage kicked off a huge controversy nationwide. Her father A.M.Asokan, moved the court and the Kerala High Court annulled the marriage. Forced conversion by indoctrination was alleged and that her husband was a Popular Front of India (An Islamic group that is alleged to radicalize Islam faithful). While the Central investigating agency NIA is investigating whether Akhila was converted by force, Safin Jahan appealed to the Supreme Court against the Kerala High Court’s order.

The case was referred to a three judge bench. It was one of the trickiest cases in which the Supreme Court was put in a piquant situation of having to balance the autonomy of an individual and consider NIA’s materials put before the court. The Supreme Court on Monday relieved Hadiya from parent’s custody her recorded the consent to return to her college at in Tamil Nadu and directed the college to allot her a hostel room where she can stay and complete Salem her 11-month internship to become a homeopath.

Dr Kannan, Principal, Shivaraj Homeopathic Medical College and Research, Institute Salem said that Hadiya was still Akila as per college records and that she had completed 4.5 years of her course and had to compete her internship of one year. “She completed the course in 2015 October and was to have competed internship in 2016. After her marriage episode she had a break of one year in her course” he said. As regards the steps taken to ensure her security on the basis of the Supreme Court direction Dr Kannan said that the college was yet to receive the order copy and Hadiya has not informed when she was coming to the College. By the time she returns we hope we will have the court's order and be able to fulfill the court’s directions. During her studies she stayed outside the college and not in the hostel said Dr Kannan.

Meanwhile local police reports indicate that Hadiya was on her way to Salem by air via Coimbatore airport.