Late music composer Wajid Khan’s spouse Kamalrukh Khan on Friday posted a prolonged observe on ‘anti-conversion invoice’. She is a Parsi and Wajid was Muslim, the couple had an inter-religion wedding ceremony. Thus, Kamalrukh wrote the title of her observe as ‘My first-hand account of life in an inter-caste marriage’. She began the observe by “I am Parsi and he was Muslim. We were what you would call “school sweethearts”. Eventually, when we did get married, we married for love under the Special Marriages Act (an act that upholds the right to practice one’s own religion post-marriage).”
Lamalrukh went on to share, “This is why this current debate surrounding the anti-conversion bill is so interesting for me. I want to share my ordeal and my experience in an inter-caste marriage – that in this day and age, a woman can face such prejudice, suffering and discrimination in the name of religion is a complete shame…and an eye-opener.”
Talking in regards to the wedding ceremony and eventual strained relationship with Wajid, Kamalrukh additional penned, “My simple Parsi upbringing was very democratic in its value system. Independence of thought was encouraged and healthy debates were the norm. Education on all levels was encouraged. However, post marriage, this same independence, education and democratic value system was the biggest problem for my husband’s family. An educated, thinking, independent woman with an opinion was just not acceptable. And resisting the pressures of conversion was sacrilege.”
She added, “I have always respected, participated and celebrated all faiths. But my resistance to convert to Islam drastically widened the divide between me and my husband, making it toxic enough to destroy our relationship as husband and wife, and his ability to be a present father to our kids. My dignity and self-respect did not permit me to bend backwards for him and his family, by converting to Islam.”
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Wajid Khan died earlier this 12 months on June 1, 2020.