IAS officers Tina Dabi and Athar Khan have filed for divorce with mutual consent at a Jaipur family court. The duo had tied the knot in 2018. Their inter-religion marriage had grabbed a lot of attention at that time with Hindu Mahasabha claiming it to be a case of love jihad.
Dabi had topped the UPSC examination in 2015, while Khan secured second position. The duo met at the Department of Personnel and Training (DoPT) office in North Block for a felicitation function and fell in love. The duo received their training In Mussoorie following which they decided to get hitched. Dabi had later revealed that it was love at first sight for her. She said she met Athar in the morning and at evening he was at her door. The couple hosted three receptions in Jaipur, Pahalgam and Delhi. Many prominent personalities including Venkaiah Naidu, Sumitra Mahajan, Ravi Shankar Prasad had marked their presence at the Delhi reception. Congress leader Rahul Gandhi had also taken to micro-blogging Twitter to congratulate the couple.
Both Khan and Dabi are officers of the Rajsthan cadre and were posted in Jaipur initially. Later, Dabi was moved to Sri Ganganagar as Chief Executive Officer, Zila Parishad, while Athar is still in Jaipur as the CEO of Zila Parishad. The rift in their marriage came out in limelight when Dabi decided to drop Khan from her surname and Kashmiri bahu from her bio. Soon after, Khan unfollowed her on Instagram.
The news of couple filing for the divorce comes at a time when various state governments have announced the decision to bring a law against love jihad. The Uttar Pradesh Home Department has sent a proposal to state’s law ministry for a strict law to prevent religious conversion in the name of marriage. Earlier, Madhya Pradesh and Haryana had announced that they would be bringing in law against love jihad to put an end to the practice.