'Love jihad' case: woman wants to be with husband

'Love jihad' case: woman wants to be with husband

Hadiya, the 25-year-old woman at the centre of Kerala's controversial "love jihad" case, on Saturday reiterated that her conversion to Islam did not involve coercion.

The homoeopathy graduate from Vaikom in Kottayam district said she wanted to be with her husband Shafin Jahan. The Kerala High Court had, in May, annulled their marriage.

Hadiya (Akhila Ashokan, before she converted to Islam) spoke to reporters briefly at the Cochin International Airport amid high police security, before leaving for New Delhi for a hearing at the Supreme Court, scheduled on Monday.

"I want to be with my husband, I demand justice. I'm a Muslim, no one forced me to change my religion," Hadiya told reporters after she arrived at the airport with her parents, K M Ashokan and Ponnamma.

She was escorted by a team of police personnel from her home in Vaikom to Kochi. Shafin Jahan had stated in a police complaint that attempts were being made to reconvert Hadiya to Hinduism.

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