Love jihad case: SC to hear Hadiya...
“If a girl comes and says I don’t want to stay with my father, what should the court do? We have to find out where she intends to stay,” said the bench that also comprised Justices AM Khanwilkar and DY Chandrachud.
As far as her marriage is concerned, it’s a personal choice, the bench said. “It is our constitutional obligation to direct the production of the girl and ask her choice,” the court said.
In response, Additional Solicitor General (ASG) Maninder Singh, representing the NIA, said: “In normal cases, yes, but not in cases of indoctrination.” Here, Singh said, hypnosis was used as a method of radicalisation and the girl’s mind was manipulated. “This is an exceptional case and there is no concept of free will,” Singh added.
Singh further submitted that Akhila’s case was not unique and Kerala was witnessing a trend of people joining ISIS.