On Tuesday evening, Hadiya arrived in the Coimbatore airport and was taken to the Sivaraj Homeopathic Medical College I Salem. This is where the 25-year-old will spend the next 11 months of her life, completing her BHMS course, under the Supreme Court's directions.
Hadiya had categorically called the last few months of her stay with her parents as illegal confinement and had called the Supreme Court order a victory for herself and Shafin Jahan. Her marriage to Shafin was annulled by the Kerala High Court in May 2017 and the Supreme Court has not yet said anything about the marriage.
Shafin's lawyers and those representing the Kerala government and State Women's Commission had said that the SC order did not prohibit Hadiya from meeting Shafin. On Tuesday, the Principal of the college told various media houses that Hadiya will be admitted back as Akhila and will be allowed to meet only her parents.
"See, I do not know who her husband is. She is still Akhila for us, and her guardians are her parents who admitted her. In the present scenario, I will not allow anyone except her parents. We will make sure that I or an official are present when her parents visit her,” principal Kannan told Arun Janardhanan of Indian Express.
However, on Wednesday morning, he said that he has read the court order and abiding by it, he will allow her to meet anyone, including her husband. He also told NDTV that Hadiya would be given limited internet access. He also said that Hadiya will have to continue as Akhila Ashokan, as that was the name under which she was admitted. He added that if she produced valild documents, she can change her name.
Reacting to the Supreme Court order, Hadiya's father Ashokan said that it has provided him relief. He said that he had wanted his daughter to complete her education and did not want a 'terrorist at home', alluding to Jahan.
Hadiya's father had first opposed her conversion to Islam. When the Kerala High Court dismissed his petition, he approached the court again a few months later alleging that there were plans by terrorist groups to take Hadiya to Syria. It was between this hearing that Hadiya got married to Shafin.