साहस 2016 – New Delhi

February 14, 2016

Strengthening Alliances for Humanity and Secularism

Delhi School of Social Work, North Delhi

Registration and Tea (10.00 am – 10.30 am)

Session 1 (10.30 am – 12.00 pm) – Religion and Social Change

Ms. Sheeba Aslam Fehmi, Prof. Manoj Jha, Mr. Avinash Patil and Mr. Hilal Ahmed and Sharing by Participants

Session 2 (12:00 pm – 1:00 pm) – Ways in Which People in Mixed Marriage Respond/React to Challenges in Social Interactions with Others

12.00 pm– 12.45 pm — Sharing by couples in mixed marriage (Neeraj & Javed and Ranu & Asif) followed by Interaction with participants

12.45 pm – 1.15 pm — Felicitation of Couples and Parents

LUNCH (1.15 pm – 2.00 pm)

Celebration of Love – The Basis for Universal Peace and Humanity

2.00 pm– 2.45 pm —  Taking the Message of Peace to People around the venue

CULTURAL EVENING (3.00 pm – 4.30 pm)

Songs by Couples, Individuals and Participating Organizations

Closing of event with songs by Vinay and Charul from Loknaad

HIGH TEA (4.30 pm – 5.00 pm)

CHAYAN MEETUP – Mark your calendar!

A Consortium of Organizations/Individuals Working on Right to Choose in Marriage and Relationships

VENUE:
New Delhi (Conference Room at Delhi School of Social Work)
Tentative Program Schedule
13 Feb 2016, 3:00 – 3:15 PM

SHARING ABOUT CHAYAN:
By Sh. Avinash Patil (MANS) & Asif Iqbal (DHANAK)
3:15 – 4:00 PM

INTRODUCTION:
Sharing by the Participants about their Work and Status of RTC in their work area
4:00 – 4:30 PM

TEA:
4:30 – 5:30 PM

DISCUSSION ON THE STRUCTURE OF CHAYAN:
5:30 – 6:00 PM

FUTURE WORK:
6:00 PM onwards

Happy New Year!

Looking Back…

We are extremely proud of the great strides we made last year (2015)! Here’s a list of some:

  1. Dhanak members began paying social visits at interfaith couples homes on the 2nd or 4th Saturday of each month. The monthly visits are planned with the following objectives:
    • To build a personal rapport with the couples
    • To extend solidarity to the couple in case they face social isolation after its marital alliance
    • To ensure participation of one of the couples who is either shying away or avoiding discussions related to identity based issues
    • To build a platform for mutual perspective building on potential issues of disputes
  2. In July, 2015, we had a proud moment when members Shabana Siddiqui, Ranu Kulshrestha and Asif Iqbal received a memento from the Department of Social Works, Delhi University after students orientation on the issues of Right to Choice (Right to Choice in Marriage/Alliance)
  3. Dhanak has experienced various legal and systemic challenges for couples trying to exercise their constitutional rights related to marriage. We are demanding the following changes for the recognition of Right to Choice in Marriage by the government of NCT Delhi. Here’s a list of the demands we have made to change in the rules/guidelines for implementation of the Special Marriage Act-1954:
    • Provision of using proof of address from any state in India
    • No intimation “Notice of Intended Marriage” to homes/family of marrying couple
    • No intimation “Notice of Intended Marriage” to police stations
    • Attestation of documents by officials receiving papers for marriage solemnization and registration
    • Establishing Government Protection Homes for couples in need
    • Establishing Counseling, Guidance, and Marriage Solemnization/Registration Center for Interfaith/Inter-caste couples
    • Public awareness Campaign on Gender Equality
    • Inclusion of Interfaith Marriage in State Scheme for providing incentives for alliances of such nature
  4. Currently, Dhanak is supporting an inter-caste couple. The Human Rights Law Network has helped them to seek legal protection. The case came to us through General Body Member Abdul Mabood. The couple was provided transit accommodation by Dhanak Members Shakeel followed by Kashifa and Rajeev for another couple of days. Dhanak is helping them financially and will pursue the case for their marriage registration
  5. Our group has expanded our ways of communication using social media apps such as Whatsapp. This allows our group to benefit from communicating pertinent messages to each other instantly
  6. To ensure the acceptance of the organization by the Income Tax department we are in the middle of 12a certification followed by 80G certification. After getting the certifications the organization will become privileged to provide tax exemption to donors like you. We will keep you posted on the progress once the auditor gets back to us

आपको धनक का सबरंगी सलाम!

Dear Friends,

Greetings from DHANAK!

DHANAK is a Delhi (India) based organisation of couples in interfaith/caste marriage or relationship.

We organize SAHAS (Strengthening Alliances for Humanity and Secularism) on 14th February during each year in which couples, individuals and their families participate. The day witness discussions, sharing, march and celebrations related to issues of mixed marriages, universal peace and humanity.

We would like to request you to kindly send your write-ups, messages, quotes, photos, picture/poems etc. for SAHAS 2016 magazine.

Parents and kids can also send their entries on the concerned topic of mixed marriage/parentage or peaceful equal coexistence of faiths.

Kindly go through the soft copies of the last two publications viz. SAHAS 2014 & 2015 that are uploaded at Publications section of DHANAK’s website (https://dhanak4humanity.wordpress.com/publications/)

Please send your contribution written in English or Hindi language(s) only to this email address: dhanak4humanity@gmail.com

We will be pleased to include your valuable contribution for the magazine which will be released on 14th February in Delhi during SAHAS 2016.

Kindly send by 15th January 2016.

With best wishes,

Asif Iqbal

8750157676

Happenings

Currently, an inter-caste couple is being supported by DHANAK.
HRLN (Human Rights Law Network) has helped them to seek legal protection. The case came to us through Sh. Abdul Mabood (DHANAK’s GB Member)
The couple was provided transit accommodation by DHANAK Member Shakeel for 3 days and then by Kashifa and Rajeev for another couple of days.
DHANAK is also helping them financially and will pursue the case for their marriage registration. Will post updates on this.
In solidarity,
Asif

Proposed legal and systemic changes by Dhanak for Right to Choice in Marriage

For the last nine years Dhanak has experienced various legal and systemic challenges for couples trying to exercise their constitutional rights related to their marriage. Dhanak is demanding the following changes for the recognition of Right to Choice in Marriage by the government of NCT Delhi.

Dhanak demands:

  • Change in the rules/guidelines for implementation of the Special Marriage Act-1954
    1. Provision of using proof of address from any state in India
    2. No intimation “Notice of Intended Marriage” to homes/family of marrying couple
    3. No intimation “Notice of Intended Marriage” to police stations
    4. Attestation of documents by officials receiving papers for marriage solemnization and registration
  • Establishing Government Protection Homes for couples in need
  • Establishing Counseling, Guidance, and Marriage Solemnization/Registration Center for Interfaith/Inter-caste couples
  • Public awareness Campaign on Gender Equality
  • Inclusion of Interfaith Marriage in State Scheme for providing incentives for alliances of such nature

Become a Dhanak member today!

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Our annual membership drive is happening now!
Join the Dhanak movement and be in the company of people who are passionate about countering the spread of communalism in our society and be amidst like-minded people who put humanism at the forefront.

For details on how to become a member, please contact Asif Iqbal at: 08750157676 or email us at: dhanak04@rediffmail.com