One of the topics that is being discussed everywhere in the country is the new ‘Anti-Conversion’ Law that has been implemented in Uttar Pradesh. The state has said it will take strict action against forced conversions happening in the name of marriage. While a lot of people have slammed it saying the law does not promote religious freedom in a secular nation in India, others feel differently. Late music composer Wajid Khan’s wife Kamalrukh in a long note has written about how her decision to not convert after marriage ruined her marriage with Wajid Khan. She said that their relationship suffered immensely. She said ‘Anti-Conversion’ Law should be nationalised.
Kamalrukh wrote, “I am Parsi and he was Muslim. We were what you would call “college 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). And 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.”
She has also written that his family threatened her. She writes, “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.”