Love triumphs as Hindu-Muslim couple hold wedding reception in peace

Mandya/Mysuru, DHNS: N Ashitha and Shakeel Ahmed, whose inter-faith marriage has outraged Hindu right-wing elements, held their wedding reception (Walima) amid tight police security in Mysuru on Sunday. There was no untoward incident during the ceremony.

ashitha - shakeel ahmed-wedding-20160418Ashitha and Shakeel at the wedding hall in Bannimantap, Mysuru, on Sunday

The couple, both MBA graduates, took part in ‘bale shastra’, the pre-wedding bangle ritual, at the bride’s house in Mandya on Saturday. The same day, the couple and their families left for Mysuru. Ashitha and her family stayed with a relative in the City of Palaces.

It’s unclear when the couple tied the knot. It was rumoured that their Nikah (the Muslim ceremony which entails the groom making an offer and the bride accepting it) was held secretely in Mandya. Ashitha is said to have changed her name to Shaista.

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Heavy police security outside the wedding hall

The police escorted members of both the families to the venue of the reception, Taj Convention Hall in Bannimantap locality. The newly-married couple reached the venue at 7.20 pm in separate vehicles and the reception began 10 minutes later.

The reception was attended by dignitaries like writer K S Bhagwan, journalist Gowri Lankesh, former minister M S Athmananda, women’s rights activist K S Vimala and former MLA G B Shivakumar. Speaking to reporters, Shivakumar described the marriage as special. “Generational and cultural progress and education have brought about this change. The parents consented to the marriage. I have come here to wish the couple,” he said.

JD(S) MLA B Z Zameer Ahmed Khan is said to have visited the couple in Mandya and wished them.

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  1. “Love Triumphs as Hindu-Muslim Couple hold wedding reception in peace”

    Yes, love did triumph, but that’s because of 3 reasons:
    1. This is India and no matter what, a majority of people are peaceful.
    2. The girl was a Hindu and boy a Muslim.
    3. Could a Hindu boy marry a Muslim girl in a Islamic country…a shudder to even think of the idea.

    • pl. note the follg:

      1. the girl here converted to Islam
      2. Even in a Islamic Country a Non- Muslim man and woman can marry Muslim if he / she agrees to convert to Islam…

  2. “Love triumphs….” screams the report silently burying the real story of how Aashita became Shaista!!

    Sure, love triumphs and so does the lazy journalism!! In an ideal world, media would have asked why the conversion takes place in only one direction? Why not Muslim convert to become a Hindu? Or, why can’t they continue to practice their own religion even after marriage? Then again, it takes some courage and learning. It takes some homework to understand the concept of apostasy in Islam. Instead, lazy journalism is always easier, right?

    Finally, do I believe that these two guys are in love with each other? Absolutely!! They look like two really nice individuals who fell in love with each other. I wish them noting but best. My comments are not intended to target them. I am only questioning those ignorant individuals, politicians, journalists (yes – gowree lankesha) and others who don’t have a single honest bone in body to admit the truth.

  3. “Even in a Islamic Country a non-Muslim man and woman can marry a Muslim if he/she agrees to convert to Islam” writes Stan!

    Yea – no kidding!! Convert to Islam and you are free to marry a muslim!! Are you not merciful? LOL LOL LOL
    By the way, once converted to Islam, what if he/she decided to return to original faith? Could you please tell me what the punishment would be? smiles…

  4. “Then again, it takes some courage and learning” – A pearl of wisdom from our Yumreeki Rampanna

    Sure it does ya Rampanna. Your words reminded me of a joke (or probably it is based on YOUR own experiences) which goes thus:

    Rampanna, new to the US, stepped into a bar for a drink.

    Unfortunately, the regulars in the bar had a habit of picking on strangers. When Rampanna finished his drink, he found that the bike he had parked outside had been stolen.

    he went back into the bar, banged his fist on the table and yelled, “Which of you B******* stole my bike?”

    No one answered.

    “Alright, I’m gonna have another drink and if my bike isn’t back outside by the time I finish, I’m going to do what I did in Mangalore! And I don’t like to have to do what I did in Mangalore”, he said calmly.

    Some of the regulars shifted in their seats restlessly. Rampanna, true to his word, had another drink, walked outside and found that his bike had been returned outside the bar. Rampanna started the bike to ride out.

    The bartender wandered out of the bar and asked “Sir, before you go… what happened in Mangalore?”

    Rampanna turned back and said “I had to walk home”. 🙂

  5. Lazy journalism will continue to thrive as long as there are enough joker Pintos in our society. I really don’t know what he is trying to say in his latest post as I haven’t found any tool for gibberish translation. Well, at least he is trying to express himself- A good sign!! smiles…

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