In a significant judgment, the Supreme Court while hearing the Kerala ‘love jihad case’ on Tuesday said that a father can’t dictate personal life his 24-year-old daughter. The Apex court questioned how the Kerala HC annulled the marriage of Akhila Ashokan (Hadiya) and Shafeen Jahan under Article 226.
The next hearing has been scheduled for October 9.
Shafeen Jahan hitched Akhila Ashokan in December 2016 after the woman converted to Islam. But, her father approached the Kerala HC claiming that his daughter was indoctrinated and forcibly converted. The High Court annulled the marriage; however, Jahan approached the SC against the annulment.
Earlier in August, the NIA began to probe into the case after the top court’s orders. The SC said that after getting inputs from NIA and Kerala police, it would talk to Akhila to find out her views.