Thiruvanananthapuram : Hadiya, who caused a stir in Kerala in 2017 when she converted to Islam and married a Muslim man, has since divorced Shefin Jahan and gotten married again.
In a video posted on Saturday, Hadiya, a homeopathic physician, announced that she had divorced her husband and remarried to someone of her choosing. The right to marry and end a relationship has been guaranteed by the Constitution to every individual. It is a typical occurrence in society. I don’t know why, in my situation, society is becoming agitated. I can make decisions because I am an adult. I ended the marriage (with Jahan) when I realized I could not carry on with it. I now have a new spouse of my choosing. Living as a Muslim, I am content. “My parents are also aware of the second marriage,” the woman remarked.
She came out with the video a day after her father K M Ashokan, a native of Vaikkom, moved a habeas corpus petition in the Kerala High Court alleging that he could not trace his daughter. Ashokan said they used to speak with Hadiya over the phone, but do not know about her present whereabouts. The High Court will consider the plea next week.
In the video on Saturday, Hadiya said she doesn’t know why her father moved the High Court. She refused to disclose details about her new life partner saying such things need not be made public.
Hadiya had been running a clinic in Malappuram district. After getting divorced, she has moved to Thiruvananthapuram. When contacted, her family refused to comment on the issue.
Born into a Hindu family in Kottayam, Hadiya was raised as K M Akhila. It was during her medical studies in Tamil Nadu that Hadiya initially became interested in Islam. She later converted to Islam and wed Jahan, who was employed in the Middle East at the time.
Her father filed a habeas corpus petition in the Kerala High Court contesting their marriage, which was the first sign of trouble. The court declared the marriage void and granted her parents custody, sparking a contentious discussion throughout the state. She lived under police protection for several months.
The Kerala High Court’s order that had dissolved their marriage was overturned by the Supreme Court in March 2018, allowing her to live with her husband Jahan. Jahan’s petition had prompted the SC to take action. In his pleading, Ashokan claimed that he could not permit his daughter to accompany “a terrorist.”
Inquiries into whether she was coerced into becoming an Islamic convert were also conducted by the National Investigation Agency.Nonetheless, the NIA was permitted to carry out more research on the case by the Chief Justice Dipak Misra-led Supreme Court bench, which also included Justices A M Khanwilkar and D Y Chandrachud.