Published: 09th March 2018
After SC verdict, Hadiya's college principal says she will be treated like any other student
The SC's latest judgement will finally allow Hadiya to reunite with her husband after months of separation and let them go back to living together
After months of protests, nonstop TV debates and court hearings, the Supreme Court has finally decided to restore Hadiya's marriage to Shafin Jahan after recognising that the woman's consent is the main aspect of the case.
The previous major decision the court had taken in the case was in November when it had ordered protection for Hadiya and "allowed" her to continue her studies. The Court had directed the police to provide all necessary protection for Hadiya to continue her course at the Sivaraj Homeopathy College and Research Institute, Salem.
Hadiya or K M Akila had previously been detained by her father at their home for months for allegedly being a victim of "love jihad". The Kerala High Court had annulled the marriage despite Hadiya being a major and repeatedly claiming that she had converted to Islam of her own will.
The Supreme Court then directed the parents to let Hadiya continue her studies but under the protection of the police, which was again seen as a way to keep the husband and wife apart. At that point, G Kannan, the principal of the Institute had said that the administration will do as the government demands and let her continue classes.
This latest decision by the Supreme Court will also not impact her education in a big way, Kannan said, "She has another ten months to go and she will just continue like any other student on campus."
The bench comprising of Chief Justice Dipak Misra, Justice AM Khanwilkar and Justice DY Chandrachud said that marriage and intimacy of personal relationships are the core of plurality in India, "We can’t let state or others make inroads into this extremely personal space.” However, the Court has not stopped the NIA from continuing its investigation into this alleged "love jihad" issue.