The fake claim by the Hindu right that there is a “Love Jihad”organisation which is forcing Hindu women to convert to Islam through false expressions of love is similar to a campaign in the 1920s in north India against alleged “abductions”. Whether 1920 or 2009, Hindu patriarchal notions appear deeply entrenched in such campaigns: images of passive victimised Hindu women at the hands of inscrutable Muslims abound, and any possibility of women exercising their legitimate right to love and their right to choice is ignored.
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Watch a discussion on the difficulties faced by couples, the Special Marriage Act and the issue of the myth of Love Jihad: DHANAK on Prime Time
Despite all efforts –
If you are unable to convince your family of your intent to marry the person of your choice
If you or your partner are fearful of being forced into a marriage with someone else
If you are fearful of honour crime
The Dhanak Organization welcomes you to Delhi. We are happy to provide lodging/boarding and other necessary needs.
Dhanak stands for Right to Choice in Marriage/Relationship. Together, we will create the necessary social change!
अगर कोई व्यक्ति, तमाम कोशिशों के बावजूद , अपनी मर्ज़ी के साथी के साथ अपना विवाह करने के लिए, अपने परिवार को मना नहीं पाया और उसे अपनी या अपने साथी की जबरन किसी और से शादी या ऑनर क्राइम की आशंका हो, तो वह बेखौफ़ दिल्ली चला आए. धनक नामक संगठन उनके रहने-खाने और बाकी ज़रूरतों का ख़याल रखने में दिली ख़ुशी मिलेगी. धनक right to choice in marriage and relationship के ज़रिये सामाजिक बदलाव के हक़ में है…
Watch Ravish Kumar talk to Dhanak members on Valentine’s Day, 2017 about the various issues regarding Interfaith/Inter-caste marriages in India.
The show includes a candid conversation with parents of interfaith couples discussing their feelings about their son/daughter marrying someone from a different religion.
1:00 – 3:00 PM
♥ Peace March
♥ Street Theater Performance
3:00 – 6:00 PM
♥ Welcome note by the President of Dhanak of Humanity
♥ Representatives from various social organizations share views
♥ Recognition of couples in mixed relationships and their parents
♥ Speech by Sh. Ravish Kumar (schedule permitting)
♥ Challenges of Honor Crimes
♥ Keynote address
♥ Dhanak Pledge for Humanity
6:00 – 8:00 PM
♥ Celebrating Love and Humanity by couples and individuals
8:00 PM onward
CHAYAN, a national consortium of social organizations working on the issues of Right to Choose in Marriage/Relationship, has organized a press conference on 13th Feb 2017, 3.30 PM, at Indian Women’s Press Corps, Ashoka Road, New Delhi.
Sh. Asif Iqbal, Sh. Avinash Patil, Smt. Nilam Katara and other members of CHAYAN will speak on:
1. The pressing need of law against honour crime and forced marriage, and
2. Seeking policy changes
The speakers will recommend essential systemic changes in prevalent rules and practices, related to marriage registration. The press conference is being organized with the consideration that implementation of proposed recommendations by the government will help various couples who wish to practice the right to choose in their marriage.
Member Organizations of CHAYAN:
1. DHANAK, a Delhi based organization of interfaith/caste couples
2. Maharashtra Andhshraddha Nirmulan Samiti working against superstitions and for promotion of scientific temperament in society
3. Association for Advocacy and Legal Initiatives, a Lucknow based organization working on advocacy and gender rights
4. Navodaya Lok Chetna Sangathan from Baghpat
5. MSS from Banaras
6. Parivartan Jan Andolan from Bihar
7. Awadh People’s Forum from Faizabad
8. Gharelu Kamgar Hitkari Sangathan
Co-founder of DHANAK (General Secretary)
Maharashtra Andhshraddha Nirmulan Samiti
Dhanak has organized a seminar on “Mixed Marriages – Challenges and Potential” on November 26, 2016. We have invited distinguished speakers engaged in this domain to participate in the seminar. We would be delighted and honored if you can spare some time from your schedule to attend this seminar.
VENUE: Jawaharlal Nehru National Youth Centre (ND Tiwari Bhawan)
219, 2nd Floor, Deendayal Upadhyaya Marg, (Near ITO Crossing), New Delhi
Date & Time: 26th November, 2016; 3 PM TO 6 PM
To understand whether religion is really divisive or misinterpreted for vested reasons by religious gurus, and;
To put the same question of mixed marriages before different religions vis-à- vis individual rights enshrined in the constitution of India.
The participants in the discussion will comprise aspiring and married couples with inter-religion/caste background and individuals with diverse background.
Prof. Rita Bagchi (Former Professor of Hindu Philosophy and Religions at Jamia Hamdard),
Shri. Ghulam Rasool Dehlvi (Independent Writer & Scholar, Researcher in Culture and Communication Studies, Jamia Millia Islamia)
Dr. M D Thomas (Director, Institute of Harmony and Peace Studies)