Braving all odds, Hadiya is now a doctor

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In a FB post, her husband shares a photograph of the woman in a doctor’s coat

Overcoming obstacles that threatened to get her life caught in a communal rut, Hadiya has finally caught up with her career dream.

In a recent Facebook post, her husband Shafin Jahan announced that his wife Hadiya Asokan had finally become a doctor and shared a photograph of the woman in doctor’s coat with a stethoscope.

‘‘This shining victory is an outstanding achievement because it comes at the end of countless prayers, relentless struggles of separation, love, patience and so on…Alhamdulillah! Finally, you reached an important destination out of all odds. Very proud to address you a Doctor,’’ read the post.

The 27-year-old Hadiya, a native of Vaikom in Kottayam, was in the centre of a storm when she converted to Islam and married Mr. Jahan in December 2016. Following this, her father K.M. Asokan and mother Ponnamma approached the Kerala High Court with a complaint that she had been forcibly converted to Islam and would be recruited to the Islamic State (IS) in Syria.

During the period, Ms. Hadiya had been staying at her friend Jaseena’s residence after returning from Salem where she pursued a graduation programme in homoeopathy medicine and surgery. Mr. Asokan’s complaint alleged that Aboobacker, father of Jaseena, persuaded Ms. Hadiya into embracing Islam.

In May 2017, the Kerala High Court annulled the marriage of Ms. Hadiya with Mr. Jahan citing that the woman seemed mentally indoctrinated. The court had also ordered her to return to live with her parents at Vaikom.

The order, however, was set aside by the Supreme Court in March 2018. While hearing the case, the apex court had directed Ms. Hadiya to rejoin the college to continue her internship for completing the degree course.

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