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After Kerala High Court annulled the marriage of a Muslim man and Hindu girl, calling it 'love Jihad', the Supreme Court, hearing a plea of the husband, has ordered the National Investigation Agency (NIA) to probe into the case.
The Supreme Court Bench, comprising of Chief Justice JS Khehar and Justice DY Chandrachud, has ordered the NIA to probe into the Kerala case, in which a girl was allegedly forced to convert to Islam, after being kidnapped and married to a Muslim man.
The girl, named Akhila, was allegedly kidnapped and wrongfully confined in Kerala's Malappuramn district before she was married to a Muslim man Shafin Jahan and later force to convert into Islam and change her name to Hadiya.
Earlier, the Kerala High Court had termed the marriage as 'null and void' terming the arrangement as 'love Jihad' and ordering the state police to look into such matters.
The Supreme Court, in its hearing, had called the case 'serious' and 'sensitive'. The bench said, "These are very sensitive issues.. It's a serious matter... You give us all the materials you have."
The bench had also asked the NIA and the victim's father to give turn in all the materials related to the case over to the court.
The SC bench said, "Issue notice. Madhvi Divan, advocate... on behalf of respondent number one (father) seeks a week's time, so as to enable her to place material on the record of this case. Prayer is allowed. Needful be done within one week from today."
The woman's husband, Shafin Jahan, had challenged the Kerala High Court's decision in the Supreme Court terming its verdict as "an insult to the independence of woman in India".
Akhila was a student in Kerala before she was married and converted to Islam. Shafin Jahan had met her through a matrimonial website in 2016 after which they were married in December 2016.
However, in August 2016 itself, Akhila's father approached the state High Court with habeas corpus petition, alleging his daughter was being radicalised and influenced to marry a Muslim man.