Grand preparations for a wedding went to waste when ‘Love Jihad’ protestors got a hold of a wedding card invitation to a union between a Hindu woman and a Muslim man.
The function, scheduled on 18 July, was called off after their wedding invitation was circulated on WhatsApp, sparking protests.
According to the The Indian Express, the couple's marriage has already been registered at a local court and the family will stand by their decision and not force the couple to separate.
Speaking to the newspaper, the bride's father Prasad Adgaonkar, a prominent jeweler in the city, said that they faced difficulty to find her a groom as she suffered from a physical disability.
However, she recently expressed her desire to marry Asif Khan – a former classmate. Since both the families have known each other for the past few years, they agreed to the match, he said.
Their marriage was registered at the court in May, in the presence of both families.
While the invitation was extended only to close relatives, the function was called off as it went viral on social media and triggered protests, and vile messages and calls.
“A lot of pressure started coming from people of the community and others. So, the wedding function was called off,” another family member told the newspaper.
On July 9, Adgaonkar said, he was asked by community members to meet them. During the meeting, the jeweller claimed he was “advised” not to hold the function. “A lot of pressure started coming from people of the community and others, and so it was decided to cancel the marriage function,” another family member said.
Subsequently, the family submitted a letter to a local community organisation that the ceremony had been called off.
Sunil Mahalkar, president of Lad Suvarnakar Sanstha, Nashik, to whom the letter was addressed, said: “We have received a letter from the family and they have informed us that the marriage has been cancelled.”