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After SC upholds marriage, Hadiya says ‘all this happened because I embraced Islam’

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March 10, 2018

Days after the Supreme Court set aside a Kerala high court order and allowed Hadiya to live with her husband Shefin Jahan, the 24-year-old said the couple has got freedom.
Hadiya, who is in Keralas Kozhikode this weekend to see her husband, added that the entire controversy happened because she embraced Islam.
She has been living in a college hostel in Salem, Tamil Nadu, and under the guardianship of the principal.
Hadiya, formerly called Akhila, left Hinduism to embrace Islam in January 2016. Months later, she married Jahan, a Muslim. The marriage triggered allegations of forced conversion, leading her father to file a case on the same. Hadiya has maintained that she converted of her own will.
The Constitution gives all the freedom to choose their religion, which is a fundamental right of every citizen and all this happened because I embraced Islam, Hadiya said. With the Supreme Court upholding our marriage, we feel we have got freedom.(Agencies)

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