You are here: Home » Current Affairs » News » National
Business Standard

Kerala love jihad: I'm going to die get me out, victim Hadiya pleads in video

An activist released a video where Hadiya is heard speaking

BS Web Team & PTI  |  New Delhi 

Hadiya earlier known as Akhila. Photo: Twitter
Hadiya earlier known as Akhila. Photo: Twitter

In a video, Kerala woman Akhila Ashokan, or Hadiya is heard pleading an activist to "get her out" of confinement as she fears that her father might kill her. The video was released by activist Hadiya, the woman at the centre of a religious row is currently staying with her parents after a order. ( View video here) "Get me out of here. Today or tomorrow, I am going to die. I am sure about this.

My father is getting angry, I can make out. He pushes me, stamps at me," says the 24-year-old Hadiya in the video recorded in August, NDTV reported. Eshwar's version After meeting the woman and her family in August, Eashwar had released one video excerpt of his conversation earlier and released another part this week. "While I am a Hindu activist, I believe Hadiya's voice must also be heard", Eashwar told NDTV. He added that he would be handing over the entire footage to the court. Father's version "Nothing has happened to her so far... so there is no validity to her claims," the father told NDTV. "I don't have the time and need to see what says," he added. Activists' demand Women's rights activists comprising academicians, authors, women's collectives and women's right advocates, have urged Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan as well as the State Commission for Women to extend state protection to Hadiya. The activists, including publisher Urvashi Butalia, DU professor Nandini Sundar, JNU professors Ayesha Kidwai and Nivedita Menon, and Suneeta Dhar among others, have sought that "Hadiya be brought under the protection of the state, perhaps in a shelter in consultation with her". ALSO READ: Kerala love jihad case: Give Hadiya state protection, activists tell CM Court verdict In May, declared her to Shafin Jahan as null and void calling it a case of "love jihad" and directed her to return to the protective custody of her Hindu parents in Kottayam. Outside her house, policemen stand guard round-the-clock to make sure she does. The high court had gone by her father Ashokan KM's claim that Shafin Jahan has links to terror-outfits and targeted Hadiya, who the father alleges, was forcefully converted by her friends. On appeal against this high court verdict by Hadiya's husband, the bench led by former CJI JS Khehar had initially roped in the anti-terror agency Investigation Agency (NIA) to probe the circumstances of the However, earlier this month Chief Justice of India Dipak Misra questioned the annulment of the by the in May as well as the NIA probe that was ordered.

First Published: Fri, October 27 2017. 10:45 IST