A muslim woman,who had to leave Bihar as she married a Hindu,is the only minority woman to find a place in the list of candidates who cleared the Bihar Public Service Commission (BPSC) examination.
Husna Ara (30),a post graduate in political science from Patna University and an MPhil student in Russian studies in Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU),is the only Muslim candidate to clear the combined examination of BPSC-53-55.
She is one of the 51 women candidates in a success list of 969. Husna had taken political science and Hindi literature as her optional subjects and secured an overall rank of 407.
Husna,who will be soon posted as rural development officer,said,I believe that my success in BPSC will give a message to society that inter-religion marriages should not be considered a taboo. Every individual has the right to choose his/her life partner.
She said she faced a lot of difficulties because of marrying a Hindu. I met Rajan Jha of Madhubani at Patna College during our graduation days. We married in September 2008 under the Special Marriage Act,1954. We had to leave Patna because of the hostile situation there.
Her husband Rajan Jha,a PhD scholar in Central Asian Studies at JNU,said,My parents have accepted our marriage and I am in touch with them. Husna,however,is still pained by her parents not accepting our marriage.
Husnas father Iftekhar Ahmad is a Patna-based businessman. She has not been in touch with her parents since the wedding.
Though I qualified for the mains exam in the first attempt,I could not take it for fear of my family and society. I made it in the second attempt with a lot of support and encouragement from my husband, Husna said.
She said she owed her success to her father-in-law Krishna Mohan Jha and mother-in-law Veena Devi. Her in-laws supported them financially after their marriage.
Recounting how it was difficult to convince the registrar in Patna about their identities,Rajan said the best part of their marriage was that Husna did not have to change her religion. We respect each others religious space, he said.