No more controversies over me: Hadiya

My Parents Need Time To Accept I'm Muslim Hadiya

Kozhikode: Hadiya, whose conversion and marriage drew national attention, on Monday demanded compensation from the state government for keeping her 'under house arrest.' "Two of my freedom was curtailed - right to live with a religion I believed and to be with my husband", she told reporters here.

The Kerala High Court in May, last year, annulled the marriage on a complaint by her father terming it as an instance of "love jihad".

The Supreme Court on March 8 restored Hadiya's marriage with Shafin Jahan stating that she was free to live with her husband.

Looking back at the two years of struggle, Hadiya said that she should have been studying those two years and she had never thought that she would be able to sit like this and speak to the media. "I accepted a religion which I felt is genuine".

"I had approached many Muslim organisations when I chose to convert but none except the PFI came to my aid", Hadiya, who was earlier Akhila Asokan, said.

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The matter came to the fore when Jahan had challenged a Kerala High Court order annulling his marriage with her and sending the woman to her parents' custody. "Nobody even cared about six months of my house arrest". "My responsibility to parents begins with my birth, and as a true Islam follower, I would take care of them".

"There should be no more controversies over me", she said. "I don't think my parents would want to harm me but they were under the influence of some anti-national forces", she was quoted as saying by Times of India. "Had my parents stood by me when I became a Muslim, I would not have faced this situation". "I am not Akhila".

"My legal struggle lasted roughly for two years and the six months I spent with my parents were frightful".

Kerala High Court had last May annulled Hadiya's marriage on a petition from her father Asokan, who claimed she had been radicalised and brainwashed into conversion and marriage so that she could be sent overseas to join a terrorist outfit.

"I'm really happy now".

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