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Kerala woman, whose conversion to Islam triggered controversy, goes missing, claims father
In a petition to Kerala High Court, Hadiya's family said she was untraceable and they feared for her safety (Photo Courtesy: wikipedia.org)

Kerala woman, whose conversion to Islam triggered controversy, goes missing, claims father

India Blooms News Service | @indiablooms | 10 Dec 2023, 01:12 am

Thiruvananthapuram: The family of a woman, whose conversion to Islam and subsequent marriage to a Muslim man had sparked controversy, has approached the Kerala High Court seeking intervention to probe their daughter’s whereabouts, a report in the media said.

Hadiya had married Shafin Jahan after converting to Islam in 2016.  Her father Asokan K M filed a petition in the High Court, expressing fear that his daughter may have been unlawfully taken into custody by certain individuals, including her husband, allegedly linked with the proscribed organization Popular Front of India (PFI), the report said.

The petitioners expressed concern that the persons associated with the 4th and the 6th respondents, identified as active members of the banned organization PFI, could inflict harm on the detenu.

They further stated that the detenu is currently under the control of this group, and unless she is presented before the court and sent with the petitioner, her life could be in danger.

Asokan informed the high court that over the last month, he and his wife were unable to trace Hadiya.

He asserted that when they attempted to contact their daughter, she either did not answer the calls or her mobile phone was frequently turned off.

Asokan also said that they visited her recently opened homeopathic clinic in Malappuram, only to find it closed, and the neighbours, too, could not tell them when it would open.

However, in a recent interview with a regional television channel, Hadiya said that she had separated from her husband Jahan and remarried another person.

In the interview, she accused her father of being influenced by the Sangh Parivar and claimed that he was acting according to their agenda.

Despite being in regular contact with her parents, she asserted that they were causing trouble.

She asserted that her marriages were her personal matter.

Hadiya, who converted to Islam during her medical studies in Coimbatore, married Jahan in 2016 at the age of 25.

Following the marriage, her father, Asokan, filed a writ petition in the High Court, alleging that her conversion was forced and that Jahan had links to extremist organizations like the PFI.

The High Court annulled the marriage, calling it a 'sham,' but Jahan appealed to the Supreme Court, which, in 2018, overturned the High Court's decision.

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