A day after the Supreme Court ordered her to rejoin her college in Tamil Nadu’s Salem, Hadiya on Wednesday said she is still “not free” since she cannot meet her husband, and that the college will be “another prison” for her.
“I asked for freedom from court. I wanted to meet my husband, but till now the fact is that I am not free and that’s the truth. Till now, I have not got my freedom” Hadiya, 24, told reporters in Salem, where she was pursuing a homeopathy course.
“I don’t know what’s happening, don’t know if college will be another prison,” she said, responding to the Supreme Court’s decision to send her back to her college hostel to finish her studies.
“The college doesn’t have clarity court order and procedures,” she alleged. “I have to wait for 2-3 days for the college to understand the procedures.”
Hadiya said “every passing second” is a “big deal for me”. “I want to meet people who I love and like. And I haven’t got a chance for that. I demanded freedom from the court. For six months, I was put up with people I hate and they are the people who tried to reconvert me,” she said.
“I spoke to my dad and wasn’t able to contact my husband. I am demanding basic rights that any Indian citizen has. It is nothing to do with politics or caste. All I want is I want to talk to ones I like,” she said.
Last night, Hadiya reached Salem in a police vehicle from Coimbatore amid tight security, to pursue her studies at a homeopathy college, as directed by the Supreme Court, which refused to allow her plea to go with her husband, Shafin Jahan.
Born into a Hindu family and named Akhila Ashokan, she converted to Islam and later married Shafin Jahan, a Muslim. Her father opposed the marriage and moved the court. Meanwhile, the National Investigation Agency (NIA) said it could be a case of ‘love jihad’ in Kerala.
On Monday, Hadiya told the Supreme Court that she wants to meet her husband and does not need any local guardian. She also told the court that she wants to continue her education in Salem’s Sivaraj Homoeopathic Medical Colleges and Research Institute.