Woman in ‘love ji­had’ case

Kuwait Times - - International -

NEW DELHI: In­dia’s Supreme Court has or­dered a 24-year-old woman whose mar­riage to a Mus­lim man was an­nulled at her Hindu fa­ther’s re­quest to give ev­i­dence in per­son, say­ing only she could de­cide her own fate. The de­ci­sion to an­nul the mar­riage and force the woman, Akhila Ashokan, to re­turn to live with her par­ents has caused out­rage among women’s rights cam­paign­ers in In­dia. Ear­lier this year Ashokan’s fa­ther asked the high court in the south­ern state of Ker­ala to an­nul the mar­riage, claim­ing she had been forced into it and made to con­vert to Is­lam. The high court agreed, but her for­mer hus­band chal­lenged the de­ci­sion in the Supreme Court, which on Mon­day ruled that Ashokan should ap­pear in per­son to give ev­i­dence on Novem­ber 27. It ques­tioned whether the lower court had the le­gal right to an­nul a mar­riage be­tween two adults. In­ter-re­li­gious re­la­tion­ships are still a taboo in In­dia, par­tic­u­larly in ru­ral ar­eas.

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