This case will decide if Court has authority to annul marriage of an adult on suspicion of 'forced' consent.
This case pertains to Akhila’s conversion to Islam, taking the name ‘Hadiya’ and her subsequent marriage to Shafin Jahan, a Muslim man. Akhila converted to Islam during her medical studies in Comboitre before she met Shafin.
After knowing of the marriage, Akila’s father filed a Writ Petition in Kerala High Court alleging that, she was misled, misguided and forced to become a Muslim. He also made allegation that Akila’s husband has links with extremist Muslim Organisations. Though Hadiya, maintained through the hearings that her conversion to Islam as well as marriage to Jahan was of her own volition.
However, on 24th May, Justices Surendra Mohan Kuriakose and Abraham Mathew of the Kerala High Court, hearing Akhia’s father plea for custody called the marriage a ‘sham’ and annuled it. The judgment observed that “her [Hadiya’s] marriage being the most important decision in her life, can only be taken only with the active involvement of her parents” and ordered Hadiya to be sent to her parental custody despite her wishing against it.
Therafter, Hadiya’s husband, Jahan approached the Supreme Court. The top lawyers of the country – Mr Kapil Sibal, Mr Dushyant Dave, Ms Indira Jaisingh are representing Jahan and the Additional Solicitor General Tushar Mehta is representing the State. The 3 Judge Bench comprising of Chief Justice Dipak Misra, Justices A.M. Khanwilkar, D.Y. Chandrachud is currently hearing the matter.
Does the High Court under Art 226 have the power to annul the marriage of a person who has attained majority?
Application for Directions filed by the Respondent (Mr Asokan K. M)
Special Leave Petition by the Petitioner (Mr Shafin Jahan): Volume 1
Special Leave Petition by the Petitioner (Mr Shafin Jahan): Volume 2
Read our reports on the hearings here:
Day 1 and Day 2 of arguments
Day 3 of arguments
Day 4 of arguments
Day 5 of arguments
Day 6 of arguments
Ms. Hadiya present in the Court. Court allows Ms. Hadiya to continue studies in Salem.
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