Hadiya, the woman from Kerala at the centre of a controversy about her marriage to a Muslim man and subsequent conversion to Islam, used her dean's mobile phone to talk to her husband for the first time in eight months, according to reports. Dean G Kannan said it considerably cheered her up, but her father threatened to take Salem's Sivaraj Homeopathy Medical College to court.
"Hadiya talked to Jahan for a while from my mobile phone, after I, as the local guardian, asked her whether she was interested in talking or meeting anybody," Kannan was quoted as saying by NDTV.
The report also said there were "no restrictions" on her meeting or talking to anyone, as per the dean, soon after Hadiya arrived at the college hostel this week.
Yesterday, there were reports that Kannan had imposed strict rules at the hostel.
"Since they are here to study, a phone with the warden is more than enough," he had told the Indian Express. The hostel does not have a television set. Students have to report to college at 8:45 am and lights are turned off at 10:30 pm. And once a week, the students would be allowed to go out for shopping, escorted by the warden.
Hadiya is completing her studies under her Hindu name Akhila Ashokan. Her father, KM Ashokan isn't happy that she was allowed to speak to her husband Shefin Jehan.
"The highest court of the country has sent her to the college to complete her education in a safe environment. If Jehan who has got an extremist link meets her it will compromise my daughter's safety," he told the Hindustan Times.
"I would immediately move the Supreme Court seeking an order restraining Jehan from meeting her. Besides, the college authorities should be directed not to allow her to address the media. Jahan has no right to meet her, he said.
"It seems the college is not taking enough measures to ensure her safety. I don't want my daughter to revive her relations with Jehan who has got good connections with extremist elements like Islamic State. My whole fight is to block an extremist's entry into my family," he told the paper.
Judges of the apex court, who spoke to Hadiya for nearly half-an-hour in the courtroom against the wishes of her father who had sought an in-camera interaction, had directed the Kerala police to provide her security and ensure that she travels at the earliest to Salem to pursue her homeopathy studies.