Tina Dabi, who ensnared the top position in the Union Public Service Commission examination in 2015, tied the knot with Athar Aamir-ul-Shafi Khan, who ranked second in the same exam. It has been observed as a beautiful coincidence how Athar first lost the first rank to her and then eventually his heart. While Tina Dabi belongs to Delhi, Khan is from Jammu and Kashmir.
Tina Dabi Marries Athar amir – “The Perfect Romance”
Their romantic history is no less than a classic masala Bollywood film itself. Their love, “a love-at-first-sight” as Dabi calls it, began on May 11, 2015, at Department of Personnel and Training (DoPT) office in North Block where the two met for a felicitation function. “We met in the morning and by evening Aamir was at my door,” she had reminisced. Dabi was in awe of Khan’s wit and charm. Since then, the duo has been very open about their relationship. Tina Dabi once shared a life event on Facebook where she declared herself to be ‘in a relationship’ with Aamir.
While many celebrated the young IAS couple’s courage to go for an inter-religion marriage, a right-wing outfit, Akhil Bharatiya Hindu Mahasabha, tried to bar their marriage by tagging the marriage a case of ‘Love Jihad’. Love Jihad is an alleged trend in which Muslim boys trick non-Muslim girls into marriage. The outfit even wrote a letter to Dabi’s parents, saying their daughter’s decision to marry Khan amounted to ‘Love Jihad’.
In the letter, it was also stated that while they are proud of Tina’s achievements in topping the IAS examination, her decision to marry Athar, a Muslim was rather “painful.” However, this didn’t stop the IAS couple or their parents. Dabi’s parents ignored the letters and all the objections and arrived in Pahalgam on Friday for the wedding ceremony. The IAS couple chose the picturesque locale of Jammu and Kashmir’s Pahalgam to solemnize their relationship.
After the wedding ceremony, the couple drove to DeveporaMattan. It is Khan’s ancestral village located in South Kashmir’s Anantnag.
Tina Dabi has also said that she isn’t overly bothered about what people think of their inter-religion love. “We are in love and very happy. But I must admit that I get very disturbed when I read stuff about us. We have stopped googling our names and reading news about ourselves. I think it is a small price to pay for being in the public eye,” the IAS topper believes.
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