A couple in Uttar Pradesh’s Dadri has allegedly been refused a marriage certificate by the authorities as they fear it might become a reason for resurgence of last year’s communal tensions in the town.
In an inter-religious marriage, Manjeet Bhati (24), a Hindu, married Salma (20), a Muslim.
Manjeet Bhati (24) and Salma (20) show proof of their marriage at an Arya Samaj temple. India Today
In 2015, Dadri faced riot like situation when 52-year-old Mohammad Ikhlaq and his son were lynched over rumours that they had beef in their house.
Ikhlaq died because of the lynching.
The couple belong to Chitehra village and have been married for the last 6 months. They reportedly have been running pillar to post but have failed to get their marriage officially registered. The couple say that even after six months, officials are allegedly refusing to give them their marriage certificate as the move may trigger a riot.
The couple say that they fled from Dadri to Allahabad on October 19 last year on a motorbike as they feared for their life.
Salma later even changed her name to Sapna Arya, and adopted Hinduism before she got married to Manjeet at an Arya Samaj temple.
Left-wing groups opposing the lynching of Mohammed Ikhlaq in Dadri. PTI
But even after adopting Hindusim, the marriage registrar allegedly keeps on refusing to make their marriage official. The couple also accused him of demanding a bribe of Rs.20,000. When the district magistrate of Gautam Budh Nagar (Dadri is located in this district), NP Singh, was contacted about their situation, he promised that their marriage will soon be registered and even asked a senior officer to look into the matter. Meanwhile the couple say no one in their village has any problem with their marriage but rather see them as a symbol of unity.