And ‘Love’ prevails over hatemongers: UP couple stands firm despite ordeal
Lucknow/Bareilly, Nov 26: She is a instructor in an English medium college and he labored in a non-public firm.
They met and chatted at a mutual pal’s pre-wedding celebration. They found that they’d frequent pursuits and shared opinions on varied points.
By the time the celebration was over, theirs had begun.
The couple, each of their late twenties, met in cafes for nearly a yr after which knowledgeable their mother and father about their friendship, which they supposed to take to the following degree.
Aditi (identify modified on request) stated: “Initially there was resistance from our households as a result of I’m a Hindu and he’s a Muslim. But over a interval of persuasion, our households agreed. They met and we had been prepared for marriage.”
She continued: “It was on the day of our engagement that hassle began. Just a couple of minutes earlier than the engagement ceremony at an area lodge, a number of folks barged in sporting saffron ‘gamchas’ and began shouting slogans. Before we might even comprehend what was occurring, the police swooped in and grabbed Usman (identify modified) by the collar and began dragging him away. Usman’s father tried to intervene and he was additionally taken away.”
Speaking in regards to the incident, Aditi stated she and her household adopted them to the police station the place the inspector instructed them it was a case of affection jihad.
“I stored telling them we had been getting married with our households’ permission, however nobody heard us. The drama went on for nearly two hours and we weren’t allowed to name the attorneys as a result of our telephones had been taken away by the cops. The fringe ‘leaders’ additionally arrived on the police station and began abusing Usman and his household,” she stated.
Usman and his household had been detained for greater than 28 hours with none FIR.
“The ordeal didn’t finish there. After his launch, when Usman went again to the workplace, the rand chief and his supporters got here there and shouted slogans. They even tried to deal with him there. As a end result, Usman’s employer politely requested him to place in his papers as a result of they didn’t need any additional hassle,” she stated.
While Aditi continues her work, Usman is now unemployed.
“It has been nearly eight months since this incident happened. We realized that we can’t get married right here nor can we dwell in peace. Usman is on the lookout for a job in Delhi, Mumbai or anyplace exterior UP and as soon as he will get one, we’ll shift and get married there,” she stated.
Aditi stated that one in every of her neighbour’s sons belonged to the perimeter outfit and when Usman came visiting them after the incident, a gaggle of boys gathered exterior her home and began shouting slogans.
Aditi’s mom stated, “We agreed to the wedding solely as a result of we needed our youngsters to be pleased. We now requested them to maneuver out of state and plan their new life. The previous few months have been a nightmare for us and for Usman’s household.”