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Marriage registered days after it was forcibly stopped; We want to live together, will follow our own practices: Karnataka interfaith couple

The Bajrang Dal members on Wednesday stopped the registration of Jaffar and Chaitra's marriage, claiming it was a case of so-called 'love jihad'. Amid the chaos that ensued, police had to intervene to ensure the security of the couple.

The right-wing activists had allegedly attacked the couple claiming that theirs was a case of ‘love jihad’. (Express/File)

An interfaith couple, who were forcibly stopped from getting married by members of the Bajrang Dal at a sub-registrar’s office in Karnataka’s Chikkamagaluru on Wednesday, have countered allegations of ‘love jihad’, saying they were getting married for love and had no plans for any religious conversion. Their marriage was eventually registered on Friday.

The Bajrang Dal members on Wednesday stopped the registration of Jaffar and Chaitra’s marriage, claiming it was a case of so-called ‘love jihad’. Amid the chaos that ensued, police had to intervene to ensure the security of the couple.

Jaffar, 24, who works as a driver and also helps his father with his timber business, told The Indian Express, “I and Chaitra are neighbours and we have been friends from childhood. We know each other very well and three years ago, our love relationship started. But that doesn’t mean she is going to change religion. We want to live together and will follow our own practices. We did not expect that we would be attacked that day. Both families were happy about our marriage. Though the marriage has been registered now, under the present circumstances, we do not know when and where to hold a wedding event to invite out friends and family.”

Chaitra, who belongs to the Scheduled Caste community, said her caste was brought up by the Bajrang Dal members.

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“Who are they to dictate to us?” she said. “It is our wish to marry, and we earn a living. Who are they to question and tell us what we should and should not do. While they attacked Jaffar, they asked, ‘Do you want to marry an SC girl?’ Who are they to ask that? Can’t SC girls marry according to their wish?”

Following to the incident, Dalit organisations offered their support to Jaffar and Chaitra.

Chaitra’s mother Shobha said she wanted the couple to be allowed to lead a normal life. “We have known Jaffar for a long time and he will be a good husband to my daughter. I have given my consent to the marriage, but why should anyone have problem with that? Both my daughter and son-in-law must not be affected in anyway. Let them be allowed to lead a normal life,” she said.

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An FIR was lodged at the Basavanahalli police station in Chikkamagaluru based on a complaint given by Jaffar. Four people — Shama, Guru, Prasad and Parthibhan — were arrested and then released on bail.

First published on: 18-09-2022 at 05:43:44 pm
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