THERE’S A BABA WHO STANDS BY LOVE

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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

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