A delegation of Muslim leaders met Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan on Saturday demanding that Hadiya, who converted from Hinduism to Islam, should be freed from her parents’ custody.
Representatives of prominent Muslim organisations including Jamaat-e-Islami, led by Indian Union Muslim League leader and MP, PK Kunhalikutty, met the CM with the petition, sources close to the MP confirmed to TNM.
The petition said that Hadiya has been literally under house arrest after the High Court put her in her parents’ protective custody. The Chief Minister said that he would look into the issue and take action.
The meeting comes days after a video was released by activist Rahul Easwar, in which Hadiya says, "You need to get me out. I will be killed anytime, tomorrow or the day after, I am sure. I know my father is getting angry. When I walk, he is hitting and kicking me. If my head or any other part of my body hits somewhere and I die..."
Hadiya rushes through her words, as she speaks about her house arrest. The young Muslim convert’s marriage to a man called Shafin Jahan was annulled by the Kerala High Court in May this year. Hadiya, who was taken away by her parents, has not been allowed to step out of her house even once in all these months.
Recently documentary filmmaker Gopal Menon had alleged that Hadiya is being sedated at her own home. "I have information that Hadiya is being sedated by her parents on a daily basis. Her condition is either weak from the harassment from her father or they are deliberately doing this so that she would not be in a clear state of mind when she goes to Supreme Court,” he had said.
In a film I am Hadiya, the director talks about how Hadiya is being denied her fundamental rights.
The filmmaker also demanded the Kerala government should appoint a medical team to check on Hadiya's health condition and if needed shift her to a hospital for medical care.
25 year-old Hadiya has been gaining national attention ever after the Kerala High Court annulled her marriage to a Muslim man Shafin Jahan in May. The court also granted her custody to her parents Ashokan and Ponnamma.