In a new development in the sensational Hadiya case, in which a 25-year-old woman converted to Islam from Hinduism, the National Women's Comission will visit her at home in Vaikom on Monday.
Hadiya has been in her parents' custody since December last year and has hardly stepped out of her house.
Acting chairperson of the Commission, Rekha Sharma told media that she will visit the young woman. However, Asokan, Hadiya's father, told TNM that he may or may not allow Commission members to meet his daughter. "I will interact with them. Let me see what their attitude is. Then I will decide whether to allow them to meet her," he told TNM.
The Commission's decision to visit Hadiya comes at a time when there is a clamour in the state by activists to release Hadiya from 'house arrest'. The State Women's Commission had earlier moved the Supreme Court seeking it to intervene in the issue since the case is being probed by the National Investigation Agency.
The Kerala High Court had nullified Hadiya's marriage to a Muslim man Shafin Jahan earlier this year. Ever since she was placed in her parent's custody, Hadiya has not met any outsiders. Asokan has not allowed human rights activists, State Women's Commission or even police officials to meet Hadiya.
The Supreme Court, hearing her husband Shafin Jahan's plea, has asked Hadiya to be brought to New Delhi on November 27, so the court can hear about her choice directly from her.
Two videos of hers shot by social activist Rahul Eashwar emerged recently. In both the videos, Hadiya was seen desperate to get away from her house arrest.