Indian Supreme Court rules in favour of ‘love jihad’ marriage

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NEW DELHI: Indian Supreme Court (SC) has ruled in favour of the girl who had converted from Hindusim to Islam in order to marry the Muslim man of her choice. Hindu extremist organisations had termed this marriage as ‘love jihad’.

Overturning the Kerala High Court decision on the case, Indian SC declared the marriage of the 24-year-old Haadiya as legal. The court stated that it didn’t have the right to declare the marriage of two adults as illegal when the bond had been struck with the consent of both.

It is pertinent to mention here that India’s government agency had alleged Haadiya’s husband of joining Islamic State while the Hindu extremist groups had termed the marriage as ‘love jihad’. The term is often used for marriages where Muslim men get the Hindu women to convert to Islam for marrying them.

Kerala High Court had declared the marriage illegal and given Haadiya into her father’s custody. Haadiya had challenged the decision in Supreme Court.