KER­ALA WOMEN'S PANEL CHIEF DENIEDPERMISSIONTOMEETHADIYA

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Ker­ala State Women's Com­mis­sion Chair­per­son M C Josephine to­day said she was de­nied per­mis­sion to meet Hadiya, who is at the cen­tre of a na­tion- wide con­tro­versy af­ter her con­ver­sion to Is­lam and mar­riage with a Mus­lim man.

The Com­mis­sion was sched­uled to meet the 24year-old woman at her home in Vaikom in Kot­tayam dis­trict yes­ter­day and the fam­ily was in­formed about it, she told re­porters here.

How­ever, her fa­ther in­formed that the fam­ily is look­ing af­ter their daugh­ter well and there is no need for such a visit, the chair­per­son said. Josephine said the fa­ther of the woman cited se­cu­rity rea­sons to deny their re­quest to meet her.

He should ex­plain how can the state Women's Com­mis­sion can pose a threat, she said. Hadiya is un­der the pro­tec­tion of her par­ents fol­low­ing an or­der of the Ker­ala HC. The court had an­nulled her mar­riage with Shafin Ja­han af­ter her par­ents ar­gued that he was a rad­i­calised per­son. The aim of the Com­mis­sion is to "avoid a sit­u­a­tion where only those liked by the fa­ther are al­lowed to meet Hadiya", Josephine said.

Na­tional Women's Com­mis­sion chair­per­son in­charge Rekha Sharma had met Hadiya re­cently and said "she is smil­ing and is in good health." The SC had on Oc­to­ber 30 di­rected that Hadiya be pro­duced on Novem­ber 27 for an in­ter­ac­tion.

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