K M Ashokan, father of 24-year-old Akhila, who converted to Islam in 2016 and took a new name, Hadiya, smokes while speaking with a friend, as police officers stand guard outside his house.(REUTERS/Sivaram V)
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Indian woman in Muslim marriage scandal appeals for 'freedom'A woman confined to her parents' home because she married a Muslim should be removed from her father's custody and allowed to finish her studies, India's top court ruled Monday.Akhila Ashokan's marriage to a Muslim man was nullified against her wishes earlier this year at her Hindu father's request.Ashokan converted to Islam but insists she was not forced to do so -- a flashpoint issue for nationalists in Hindu-majority India.She has not been allowed to leave her father's house since the marriage was annulled, interrupting her studies.
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