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Once again, Hadiya has been infantilised, this time by a benevolent patriarch – the apex court of India.
Though she insisted her marriage to Shafin Jahan was voluntary, the court directed she be sent to Salem to study.
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The Chief Justice said, “We will interact with the girl in open court to take an preliminary assessment of her mental state. If we suspect any indoctrination, this court has powers to direct her detailed examination by appropriate authorities.”
The apex court wishes to ascertain her mental health and whether she had given free consent to her marriage.
“These reports are being generated and sustained only because Islamophobia is so rampant in Kerala, across parties.”
The Kerala police is competent enough to conduct the investigation, the state government’s affidavit says, and would have sent a report to the Centre if any scheduled offences were discovered.
“It is alarming to have an adult woman today to be ordered into ‘protective custody’ of her parent’s home under the orders of a Court, denied mobility, communication and the company of her friends and well wishers.”
The Kerala high court had in May annuled the marriage of a Muslim man with a Hindu woman who had converted to Islam.
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