THERE’S A BABA WHO STANDS BY LOVE
You wouldn’t expect a shelter for rescued lovers to be brimming with smiles, the sound of pot and pans clinking in the kitchen, wafting with aromas of fresh cooked dal and chapatis. The peeling plaster and a lonely sherwani mark the walls. Love Commandos shelter is a home for the loved and the loveless. The soldier, Sanjoy Sachdev, fondly called Baba, who leads the battalion from the front, while rescuing these couples, is managing interviews with print and TV reporters. He punctuates our conversations with the couples with anecdotes of his own. “Would you believe that even in a place like Delhi, issues of caste and religion stand in the way of love?,” asks Sachdev. His core team is currently out on a rescue operation, and will return the next morning. The shelter is patrolled by police. “There are policemen outside. We are under protection as families can go to any extent to protect their honour,” he says. Baba takes it upon himself to get them married and safeguard their love, forever.
Sanjoy Sachdev, founder, Love Commandos