Bringing secular couples together
The faith based beliefs and practices of an individual are result of his or her exposure and orientation gained from family & society, so is the case of secular values. Couples with different faiths are the best examples of secularism because of their beliefs related to secularism, which are repeatedly put to test at their home. For them there is no room for difference between preaching and practice.
To promote secular values, we decided to organize couples with inter-faith/caste background. We are keen to highlight the mixed religious and cultural practices that are the bulwark of secularism.
Share experiences and offer a platform for support
A couple, with different faith or caste that decides to get into a marital relationship, primarily believes in secular and human values. But, their practices based on secularism and faith/culture are put to test by their immediate surroundings.
Dialogue between the couple to develop a common understanding about their future actions is the best method to avoid marital conflicts. Parents and adults play a decisive role in their decision making process. Unfortunately the role of parents and adults in the inter-faith/caste marriages is none or negligible.
We offer a platform for such couples to share their views and experiences with others with similar background.
Dhanak doesn’t profess standard practices for inter-faith/caste couples. Rather, sharing of personal examples by its members help a couple in the decision making process. The sharing is done either in face to face meetings or online.
Legal, Financial and other Support by Dhanak
Usually a couple gets in touch with Dhanak when they decide to get married, or when they face challenges in solemnizing their marriage. Also, couples facing physical and mental torture from their parents both before or after their marriage, seek our help. Solemnization or registration of marriage under Special Marriage Act (SMA) is the biggest challenge for a couple who wish to get married without any religious conversion. Dhanak provides legal advice and guidance to such couples and help them with their marriage.
We are in the midst of developing a relevant database, booklets, training material to address issues related to religious co-existence and inter-faith / caste marriages.
We are collecting and collating secondary and primary data related to the marriages solemnized and registered in Special Marriage Act and Hindu Marriage Act in Delhi and NCR.
We are also collecting secondary data from other cities like Bhubneshwar, Jaipur etc. with the help of groups and individual activists who are working on Right to Information Act. Similarly, we are also writing about the various syncretic communities like Cheeta-Kathat, Nath Jogis, Moola Jats etc. based in India. The collected information is helping us in highlighting the presence of syncertic communities which never got recognition by the national politics and academia.