Thiruvananthapuram: The Crime Branch investigation team led by Ernakulam Crime Branch SP Santhosh Kumar has submitted a report to Crime Branch DGP A Hemachandran saying that Hadiya aka Akhila was not forced to embrace Islam and it was her own decision to do so. The report also said that Hadiya herself had given a statement in this regard and there is also no evidence to prove any terrorist or communal outfit had influenced her to convert.
The case hit the headlines after Akhila Ashokan, 24, a homoeopathy doctor converted to Islam, took the name of Hadiya and married a Muslim youth Shefin from Kollam. Her father approached the HC in May claiming his daughter was indoctrinated and forcibly converted. Later, the High Court annulled the marriage and sent Hadiya to her father’s custody. On Saturday, the state government submitted an affidavit in the Supreme Court opposing an NIA probe. The state clarified this while replying to the plea of Hadiya’s former husband Shefin Jahan seeking cancellation of the NIA probe. The apex court will consider the case again on Monday.