ALSO READKerala 'Love Jihad' case: Akhila's husband urges SC to call off NIA probe Kerala love jihad: I'm going to die get me out, victim Hadiya pleads in video Kerala love jihad case: Give Hadiya state protection, activists tell CM Hadiya's conversion row: SC to hear Kerala 'love jihad' case today Don't portray every inter-religious marriage as 'love jihad': Kerala HC
The Supreme Court on Monday observed that the consent of the girl is prime in the Kerala 'love jihad' case, adding that she is a major. The apex court asked the father to produce Hadiya on November 27, the next date of hearing in the case. The Centre said parental authority can be invoked in cases where someone is manipulated or indoctrinated. Earlier, the Kerala government had told the apex court that the state police is effectively investigating the alleged 'love jihad' case and, hence, there is no need for the National Investigation Agency (NIA) to probe it. ALSO READ: Kerala love jihad: I'm going to die get me out, victim Hadiya pleads in video In an affidavit, the state government informed the apex court that the state police is competent enough to investigate such crimes. Recently, while hearing a matter, the Kerala High Court observed- "all inter-religious marriages cannot be termed love jihad". Last month, a group of people had submitted a petition to Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan and demanded a probe into the alleged unlawful incarceration of Hadiya, the 24-year-old Vaikom native, who had converted to Islam after marriage. ALSO READ: Kerala love jihad case: Give Hadiya state protection, activists tell CM Four months ago, the Kerala High Court had sent Hadiya with her parents K M Asokan and Ponnamma after annulling her marriage with Shafin Jahan. The case is under the consideration of the apex court now, which had ordered the NIA investigation into it.