2015 IAS Topper Tina Dabi and 2nd Toppepr Athar Khan filed for divorce with mutual consent after 2 years of marriage in Family court in Jaipur.
The duo had tied knots two years ago in 2018. Tina Dabi has topped the 2015 UPSC civil services examination. While her husband Athar Khan, who hails from Kashmir, has secured the second position in the same examination.
It said that they grew close to each other during their training period. They tied a knot in 2018. As their marriage has become one of the popular marriage. Many politicians congratulated them for their new journey. With this several politicians and ‘eminent’ journalists had touted their marriage as a totem of inter-faith harmony in the country.
Political Spectacle given to Tina Dabi and Athar Khan Marraige
The inter-faith relationship was criticise and politicise. Rahul Gandhi had tweeted after the marriage congratulating the couple as well as condemning the government for “communal hatred” and “growing intolerance”. His tweet added to the political spectacle of the marriage. Furthermore, the Hindu Mahasabha had expressed discern with Tina’s decision to wed Athar. They even wrote a letter to her parents persuading them to call off the wedding or convert Athar.
So a private affair like marriage became a celebrated national affair. Clearly, the inter-faith element was the highlight that turned the eyes of many rather than the public image of Tina and Athar. Now their divorce too is being a topic of discussion. Certainly, our Indian community is far from being normal towards acts like divorce and inter-religious relationships.
However, the strain in their relationship came some time ago after which Tina Dabi removed ‘Khan’ from her social media accounts. On the other hand, Athar unfollowing Tina on Instagram around the same time strengthened the rumours of estrangement between the couple.
We must understand that divorce is a very normal personal decision made by two individuals. Now, the Tina Dabi and Athar Khan divorce is one of the many divorce cases in the country. But they are not being politicised or judged. Neither should this one be.