Athar Amir-ul-Shafi Khan, a Kashmiri youth, lost the opportunity to top the prestigious Indian Civil Services exam by a few point to Delhi's Tina Dabi. He has, however, floored the Delhi girl with his "wit and charm" and the two are due to tie the knot quite soon.
According to a report in The Times of India, Dabi says the duo will announce their engagement soon. The duo first met at the department of personnel and training (DoPT) office in North Block for a felicitation function in May. For Aamir, it was love at first sight, as Dabi tells the newspaper "Uske liye pehli nazar mein pyaar ho gaya", she however, only said yes by August. Dabi, however, "Thanks him for his perseverance every day. He is a wonderful person," she says.
Dabi, who is born in a Dalit family, quickly came into the public eye after her success, and Amir, a Kashmiri, who stood second in the UPSC exam became a role model to many. However, it is the love story of the duo, that is truly significant as it defies the set cultural norms that still continue to chain the Indian society.
Dabi is quite vocal about her relationship with Amir, sharing their pictures on social media. And the posts fetch a slew of blessings and best wishes to the new couple, as social media is taken by a flurry by their love story.
However, that does not stop a select few from issuing unsolicited advice and being critical on Dabi's choice of partner, mainly because of his religion. A few stray comments on her timeline come as a sharp reminder of the bigotry and religious prejudices raft in our society. A social media user cautions her of Muslim personal law and advises her to be vary of triple talaq, while another user called it 'love jihad'.
Dabi, however, is happy for all the love she receives on social media. Though, she admits that some of the messages and comments disturb her sometimes, but she says that its only a 5 percent minority that will pass negative comments. According to The Indian Express, Dabi says that both the families have agreed for the match, and the duo will tie the knot soon.