New Delhi, March 12: After Supreme Court’s verdict Hadiya on Monday expressed her happiness saying got freedom now.
A 26-year-old told media that she moved to the apex court for two things. One, to live as a Muslim and second, to live with my partner.
In a major victory for Hadiya and her husband Shafin Jahan, the Supreme Court, on Thursday, set aside the May 2017 Kerala High Court order annulling their marriage.
The SC has consistently in the last few hearings maintained that Hadiya, a 26-year-old, has the right to make her own choice. Being consistent with their stand, the top court struck down the Kerala HC’s draconian order.
The apex court also observed that the HC should not have canceled the marriage in a habeas corpus petition.
However, as per initial reports, the probe by the National Investigation Agency (NIA) will continue into the accusations of ‘love jihad’, but not of this particular marriage.
A Bench headed by Chief Justice of India Dipak Misra, DY Chandrachud and AM Khanwilkar in its order stated “Marriage, plurality and individual choices should be zealously guarded from State intervention”.
The bench also said that however good or bad a marriage is, the High Court cannot annul a marriage, saying that “the state cannot be allowed to enter into the marriage whether it approves of it or not”.