Hindustan Times (Delhi)

In­ter-faith cou­ples march, call for an end to hon­our killing

- Shradha Chet­tri shradha.chet­tri@hin­dus­tan­times.com Society · F.C. Internazionale Milano · New Delhi · Hizb ut-Tahrir

NEW DELHI: As a group of rightwing ac­tivists talked about force­ful mar­riage and con­ver­sions, cou­ples who had gone through in­ter-faith mar­riage took out a march to de­mand amend­ments in the Spe­cial Mar­riage Act.

Cou­ples stood up against hon­our killing and de­manded an amend­ment to the Spe­cial Mar­riage Act, in the march or­gan­ised by the Dhanak for Hu­man­ity, an or­gan­i­sa­tion of cou­ples who had opted for in­ter­faith/caste mar­riage.

“I started this or­ga­ni­za­tion with my hus­band in 2004 af­ter the Gu­jarat earth­quake. As we had gone through an in­ter-faith mar­riage, we knew there were a lot of con­ver­sion and le­gal is­sues in­volved. So, we started this or­ga­ni­za­tion to sup­port cou­ples with­out them need­ing to con­vert,” founder of Dhanak for Hu­man­ity, Ranu Kul­shrestha told HT.

The group pre­pared a char­ter of de­mands that they in­tended to sub­mit to the gov­ern­ment.

The march­ing cou­ples high­lighted that mar­riage was a per­sonal choice and de­manded that it be equated as a ba­sic hu­man right.

The cou­ples gath­ered at the oc­ca­sion cel­e­brated their union and also high­lighted the im­por­tance of so­cio-cul­tural di­ver­sity.

Ar­chana Singh and Ab­dul Mah­mood have been mar­ried for the last 10 years with a young daugh­ter. Though they both faced op­po­si­tion ini­tially, their wed­lock was even­tu­ally ac­cepted.

“Our so­ci­ety is such that even in a same re­li­gion mar­riage, there are a lot of prob­lems. I have mar­ried a per­son of a dif­fer­ent re­li­gion, so op­po­si­tion was there. But I stood strong and we ul­ti­mately per­se­vered,” Ar­chana said.

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