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SC to Hadiya: Wife is not a chattel, hubby can’t be guardian
A wife is not a chattel and the husband cannot be her guardian, the Supreme Court said on Monday after interacting with a Kerala woman, alleged victim of love jihad, reports PTI. A bench of Chief Justice Dipak Misra and Justices AM Khanwilkar and DY Chandrachud interacted with the 25-year old Hadiya for nearly half-an-hour and posed questions on her life, ambition, studies and hobbies.
Hadiya told the apex court that she wanted ‘freedom’ to live with her husband, profess her faith in Islam and that she very well understood what she was doing. When the bench asked Hadiya to name any relative or any near acquaintance to be named as her local guardian in college at Salem in Tamil Nadu, she said her husband could be her guardian and she does not want anyone else in that role. “A husband cannot be a guardian of his wife. Wife is not a chattel. She has her own identity in life and society. Even I am not guardian of my wife. Please make her understand,” Justice Chandrachud said.
When the bench asked Hadiya what your dreams are for the future, she replied she wanted freedom and to live with her husband. The bench then asked whether she was comfortable in professing her faith and studying simultaneously and told her that being a good citizen, she can profess her faith and be a good doctor. Hadiya replied she wanted freedom to profess her faith and she fully understood what she is doing.
The bench asked her whether she wanted to continue her studies and pursue internship in house surgeonship at the expense of the state government. The woman said she wanted to pursue her studies but not at the state’s expense as her husband will take care of her.
New Delhi: Shafin Jahan, husband of Hadiya, 24-year-old Hindu woman from Kerala who converted to Islam, leaves after appearing in the Supreme Court in New Delhi on Monday in connection with an alleged love-jihad case. PTI